New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario continues to grow as a big league player. A combination of speed and other offensive talents has made him into a much better leadoff hitter.
Rosario is starting the game off the right way to allow the Mets to get out to an early lead, which is something they need. He is also one of the few players on the team that can steal bases, so getting on base makes him a threat to run.
For many leadoff hitters, there’s a hope they can take advantage of their swift legs and take an extra bag whenever possible. Rosario’s speed plays great at the top of the lineup because he can go first to third on a single or even score from first when a ball gets hit into the gap.
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It is still very early on in Rosario’s career, so he is still maturing and you can tell. There will be times when he comes up and hits a home run and then the next at-bat he strikes out on three pitches. Sometimes he is not locked in at the plate and it causes him to swing freely and miss a lot of pitches.
If Rosario could draw a few more walks it would justify him being at the top of the order even more. He could work on his plate discipline and that would turn some of those strikeouts on bad pitches into walks.
Most of the games that Rosario has started this year he has batted seventh, but he has also batted first, second, sixth, and eighth. Even though he is better at the top, you could really put him anywhere in the lineup.
Surprisingly, Rosario is actually one of the top leaders in RBI for the Mets this season. So, putting him in the middle would make the lineup a little deeper. However, he belongs at the top of the order to get on base and make things happen.
Rosario continues to improve at the plate and that makes it easier on the Mets to put him where they need him.
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If Rosario keeps making strides, he could really form into the five-tool player the Mets always pictured.