Worst Case Scenario
The worst case scenario for Rosario is that he regresses and performs more like he did in the first half of last season where he struggled, prompting the Mets to either bench him or send him back down to the minors.
As previously stated, one of his biggest issues is that he doesn’t walk very often, meaning if his average suffers, his OBP will be very low as well and it may not be worth keeping him in the lineup hoping he will rebound.
Last season, the Mets were out of playoff contention early in the season and dealt with injuries, as well as trading away a few of their key players, such as Asdrubal Cabrera, meaning there was an incentive to let him play and plenty of openings in the lineup available for him to fill.
However, 2019 appears to be different for the Mets. New York will head into this season as a probable favorite to win the NL East after acquiring key hitters to improve their lineup, such as second baseman Robinson Cano and catcher Wilson Ramos. Keeping a struggling young player in the lineup in hopes that he develops might not be in the best interests of a team with postseason aspirations.
From Opening Day on March 29 to July 31, Rosario’s average was only .237, including batting .216 for the month of June and .210 for July. These numbers aren’t particularly helpful for a team looking to compete for a World Series and they may look for another player to take over at the position.
If this were to happen, it wouldn’t mean that Rosario would have no future with the Mets, as he is only 23 and has several years of team control left, but it wouldn’t be a factor into the Mets immediate plans.
While I believe that Rosario has the potential to be a star player for New York going forward, I think it would behoove the Mets to sign a free agent infielder such as Freddy Galvis as insurance in case of the possibility that he doesn’t perform that way we hope and need him to.
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