Mets: Rosario, Smith rank in Baseball America’s Mid-season Top 100
Rosario checks in as the fourth ranked prospect in all of baseball while Smith moved up 15 spots from the previous update in May
Baseball America has released their mid-season top 100 prospects list and as you would expect, Mets farmhands, Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith remain on the list. Rosario ranked fourth, up one spot from the previous update (May 11). Smith moved up 15 spots to 50th.
Smith and Rosario have both delivered in their first respective seasons in Triple A. The tandem has combined for 226 hits, 18 homers, 39 doubles, and 109 RBI. Smith has appeared in 86 games while Rosario has played 83.
Rosario has grabbed all the headlines and generated the most buzz in relation to when his call-up will occur. The 21-year old shortstop has flashed the speed on the bases, the athleticism in the field, and the ability to hit for a little power in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. Rosario has seven homers, the most in a single season in his professional career.
Once Rosario does get to the Majors, he’ll provide a speed element that is bereft in the current Mets lineup. Rosario is on track to improve on his stolen base total once again. He had 13 between St. Lucie and Binghamton in 2015. That number escalated to 19 last year. This season, Rosario already has 16 steals before the All-Star break.
On the other side of the infield, Smith has been on an RBI binge of late. He drove in six runs in a blowout win over El Paso on Thursday. That upped Smith’s RBI total to 57 and 11 of those have come in the last four games. Among all PCL qualifiers, Smith ranks tied for seventh in RBI and tied for fourth in doubles (23).
Smith started to tap into his power potential last season with Binghamton. That has continued in his first season with the 51s. The recently turned 22-year old has started to put everything together over the last couple of seasons. This year, he’s hitting respectably against lefties (.274, four homers in 84 at-bats) while tormenting righties to the tune of a .345 clip.
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There is very little left to prove for both of these prospects who are both most likely heading for full-time starting jobs in New York next year.