Amed Rosario‘s first full season in the major leagues started off slow last season, but he ended the final two months of the 2018 season on a high note. Going into 2019, he should look to up his game once again and have the breakout season that we all expect from a former #1 prospect.
Starting the 2018 campaign, from Opening Day to the trade deadline on July 31, Rosario batted only .237 with a .280 OBP. His biggest issue was his inability to draw walks and get on base, and despite being known as a speedster, only swiped 9 bases at that point in the season.
However, during the final two months of 2018, Rosario turned a corner and began to produce the way the Mets originally hoped. After being moved up to the leadoff spot after the trade deadline, he batted .286 for the month of August and .283 in September. He also stole 15 bases over this two-month stretch, while also slugging 5 homers and driving in 24 runs from the top of the order.
For 2019, the Mets should be hopeful that Rosario continues to play at a similar level to his final two months of last season. If he does, then the Mets will have a solid bat right-handed bat that they can put in the top of the order, in what at the moment is a lefty-heavy lineup.
At only 23 years old, if he were to have his first breakout season next year by maintaining a constantly high average, then Rosario may even earn his first All-Star appearance, and cast away any doubt in the minds of fans that he is the Mets’ shortstop of the future.