No one wants to be known as a defensive liability of a team. Unfortunately for Amed Rosario, he’s taking home the Holy Glove award for his poor glove in 2019 as it feels like there are numerous holes in his glove.
In 2018 Rosario committed 16 errors in total. Just to be clear that’s 16 errors all of last year. He now has 12 errors in the first half of 2019. You don’t need to be a mathematician to realize that he is on pace to have more than last season, and even more errors than he did in 2017 at the Triple-A level when he had 17.
Rosario also has -13 defensive runs saved so far in 2019 according to Fangraphs. That is tied for the worst in the league amongst short-stops with Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts. For those who don’t know defensive runs saved measure the number of runs a player saved or cost his team on defense relative to an average player. You don’t want to be in the negatives for defensive runs saved as it shows you are costing your team runs.
Rosario’s bat makes up for a lot of his fielding flaws, but you have to wonder how much longer the rope is for Rosario at the short-stop position. There has been talk of potentially moving Rosario to center field, but for now short-stop is where he’ll be.
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Rosario has to be better in the second half as not only does the Mets season depend on it, but his job as a Met may be depending on it too.