Mets top prospect could be called up within next week

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Amed Rosario (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Amed Rosario (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The Mets’ top prospect has been tearing it up in Triple-A and could be receiving his first call to the majors after the trade deadline

The day Mets fans have inquired about for months is finally reportedly coming soon. Jon Heyman reports the team will be calling up top prospect, Amed Rosario most likely after the trade deadline passes next Monday.

The recognition and accolades have piled up for the Mets’ presumed shortstop of the future. Rosario played in the Futures Game and was a starter in the Triple-A All-Star Game this year. His first season in Las Vegas has been a rousing success to the tune of a .329/.367/.473 slash line with seven homers, 55 RBI, and 17 steals through 88 games.

Rosario just returned to the 51s lineup Monday after missing a several days with gastroenteritis. He went 1-for-4 with a two-run double against Memphis to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. In that stretch which goes back to June 27, Rosario is hitting .396 (25-63).

Once the Mets season started to go south, the most pressing remaining question has been surrounding Rosario’s call-up. At first it was presumed the team was waiting for the super two deadline to pass. After that became less evident, many wondered why the Mets, who were spinning their wheels, didn’t look to the 21-year old for some sort of spark.

As the howls for Rosario got louder, the man he is slated to replace in Jose Reyes continued to get hotter at the plate. The Mets had a chance to cut bait with Reyes earlier in the year when he was well below the Mendoza line and struggling defensively. They stuck with him despite having very minimal financial ties: the Mets are only paying Reyes the league minimum this season. Now we know of the friendship that exists between the two.

We knew deep down it was a matter of if, not when Rosario would make his major league debut this year. I got the chance to see him play when Las Vegas made the trip to New Orleans in May. His defense is major league ready and he can provide a speed element that is largely lacking in this lineup’s current structure.

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The rest of this season will give the Mets their first long look at Rosario who will almost certainly have the full-time starting job at shortstop next year. Dominic Smith won’t be too far behind if the Mets move Lucas Duda before the deadline.