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Mets prospect Amed Rosario is best thing to happen to team since Jose Reyes

By Richard Heaton
Jul 10, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; World infielder Amed Rosario fields a ground ball during the All Star Game futures baseball game at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; World infielder Amed Rosario fields a ground ball during the All Star Game futures baseball game at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 10, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; World infielder Amed Rosario fields a ground ball during the All Star Game futures baseball game at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; World infielder Amed Rosario fields a ground ball during the All Star Game futures baseball game at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

14 years ago, Jose Reyes was the 3rd best MLB prospect. Today, with Reyes back on the Mets, another young player is drawing comparisons to him. Amed Rosario, who has yet to play above Double-A, is already showing the same brilliance on the field that Reyes had all those years ago.

Reyes spent 2002, his age 19 season split between High-A and Double-A. Rosario played for the same two teams in 2016, the only difference being that this was Rosario’s age-20 season. Other than that, the two shared very similar seasons.

In 2002, Reyes hit .288 with 53 extra-base hits, to go along with 104 runs and 58 stolen bases.

When it came to potential, like Rosario, Reyes had all of it. In 2002, he had some of the best ratings in both the Eastern League and the Florida State League. For example, Reyes finished the season rated as the best defensive shortstop, best infield arm, and most exciting player in both leagues. He was also rated as both the best and the fastest baserunner in the FSL.

While Rosario has not matched up with Reyes in some of those stats, his skill and ability shows that he will be going places. In 2016, Rosario hit .324 with only 42 extra-base hits.

While he only stole 19 bases, which is still great, his OPS stood at .833, showing that in addition to speed and contact, Rosario has what it takes to offer a lot of power.

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