Mets’ top prospect goes 0-for-4 at the plate, but flashes speed, defense in Pacific Coast League victory
It was a busy week for Mets top prospect, Amed Rosario that began with the Futures Game in Miami on Sunday. Three days later, Rosario was in the opposite corner of the country for the AAA All-Star Game in Tacoma.
Rosario led off for the Pacific Coast League and went 0-for-4 with a stolen base. He did get a chance to show his defensive prowess late in the game. Rosario had a quick turn on the back end of a 4-6-3 double play in the seventh inning to throw out Andrew Stevenson, the Washington Nationals’ fifth ranked prospect who has plus speed (60 grade according to MLB Pipeline).
The broadcast booth was certainly busy singing the praises of Rosario. Jim Callis of MLBPipeline.com, was asked the question about how ready Rosario was for the majors. Callis made no bones about the fact that the 21-year old is ready right now.
Callis ended his statement on Rosario by using the phrase, “no brainer” regarding calling him up to New York now.
Rosario did get to display his speed as well. He grounded into a fielder’s choice in his second at-bat after a ground ball to third didn’t have near enough pace to turn two. Rosario got a good jump on an 0-2 pitch and beat a short throw to second for a stolen base. Rosario has 16 steals this season, three short of tying his total between St. Lucie and Binghamton in 2016.
At the plate, Rosario faced four different pitchers and routinely fell behind in counts as you’ll see below.
At-Bat Pitcher faced (organization) Count Result
1 Thomas Eshelman (Phillies) 2-2 Fly out
2 Steven Brault (Pirates) 1-2 Fielder’s choice
3 Caleb Smith (Yankees) 0-1 Fielder’s choice
4 Andrew Kittredge (Rays) 0-1 Ground out
Rosario saw several different looks from the combination of arms faced. Eshelman pitched Rosario inside on the fly out. Brault followed by spotting an 0-1 fastball on the low inside corner before getting a ground ball two pitches later. Kittredge went away late and got Rosario to ground out off the end of the bat.
Despite the quiet night at the plate, it’s only a matter of time before Rosario gets his first taste of the big leagues. The Mets should be sellers following a 1-4 week before the All-Star break which squashed any momentum they picked up in the prior three series. Rosario entered the break second in the Pacific Coast League in hits only trailing Dominic Smith.