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New York Mets player predictions for the 2019 MLB season

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 20: Amed Rosario #1 of the New York Mets stands for the national anthem before the game against the San Francisco Giants on August 20, 2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Amed Rosario

Last year was a tale of two seasons for Amed Rosario. A slow start vanished when he began to hit much better in the second half. What will he do in 2019?

Rosario is the starting shortstop and should hit toward the end of the order to keep balance in the lineup. – Kevin Strauss

I see Amed Rosario continuing to show improvement both in patience and in making more contact at the plate. He should draw upwards of 45 walks, bat .265 to .270 and steal over 30 bases in 2019.  – Steve Malik

Rosario will see a rise in his OBP in 2019. He has worked on swinging at better pitches, and he’ll hit more home runs in 2019. Expect a big step forward from Amed Rosario. – Mark Sales

Rosario has shown a great deal of promise, and I truly believe he is the Mets’ future at shortstop. He seems to be improving by the week, and I expect him to surprise the entire league next season, both defensively and offensively. – Leen Amin

The former number one prospect in the game takes yet another step forward at the plate and in the base paths after a strong second half of 2018. – Jason Dye

I’m not as high on Amed Rosario as others. I still think he has too many warts for a great year in 2019. He’ll make positive strides, but struggle to keep his OBP above .300. We may see a little more pop, though, and by the end of the year, his overall totals will improve slightly from last season. – Tim Boyle

Rosario will join Conforto, Nimmo, and Alonso future cornerstones of the Mets offense. He will be the team’s biggest threat on the base paths (he has potential to steal 20-30 bases this season), while also looking to crack double-digit home runs. He is also an above average defender at the most important position on the field. – Allen Settle

Rosario will not capitalize on his athletic tools by playing good defense, stealing bases, or being patient at the plate. He’ll fail to mature as a ballplayer and fans will begin to look forward to Andres Gimenez at shortstop in 2020. – Nick Scheurer

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