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Mets prospect Amed Rosario sent down, but not out

Mar 10, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (61) throws to first for the out on a ground ball hit by Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis (22) in the fifth inning of a baseball game during spring training at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (61) throws to first for the out on a ground ball hit by Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis (22) in the fifth inning of a baseball game during spring training at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
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Mets top prospect Amed Rosario might have been sent down to minor league camp, but that doesn’t mean that the future shortstop will be staying there.

Rosario began his Spring Training stint hitless in his first four at bats before collecting two RBI singles in his next two. He went on to finish his spring with a .267 batting average and three RBI over 30 at bats.

While his average wasn’t where the Mets would want it to be, and he only had one extra-base hit, a double, Rosario is showing promise. There are many things about Rosario that make him great, but one thing that stood out was his strikeout ratio.

He only struck out seven times in his 30 at bats. That’s saying something considering that 54 players have struck out at least nine times in 30 or fewer at bats. That list includes Joey Gallo and White Sox super prospect Yoan Moncada, who in 30 at bats each have struck out 14 and 13 times respectively.

Rosario has always been really good in the strikeout department, having struck out 266 times in 1501 minor league plate appearances. On the downside, Rosario didn’t walk a single time. This had a negative effect on his OBP, which also stood at .267.

Things might have been different if he changed things up at the plate and walked more. He might have been able to score more than the one run he scored or open up an opportunity for a stolen base.

Even so, Rosario had been setting himself up for a successful major league career with his showing at camp. His spring performance was not what resulted in him being sent down. The Mets had to make cuts to bring down their total roster size. They have hope that more seasoning in the minors will turn Rosario into one of baseball’s best shortstops.

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How long will it be until we finally see Rosario in Queens? Only time will tell. By the looks of what we have seen from both his offense and defense, his arrival will definitely be welcome.

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