Amed Rosario has shown signs of being an electric player on both sides of the game. In 2020 we can expect Rosario to put it all together and be one of the New York Mets representatives in the All-Star Game.
Amed Rosario has shown some good signs in his short major league career for the New York Mets. In his two and a half years playing he has shown great speed, decent power, the ability to hit for average, and a solid glove at times.
This past season was Rosario’s best to date in his parts of three seasons. He had career highs in just about every positive offense category, played good defense for most of the season, and took a huge step forward in his overall game.
This past season Rosario had career highs in batting average .287, on-base percentage .323, slugging .432, OPS .755, home-runs with 15, RBI with 72, walks with 31, doubles with 30, hits with 177, and games played with 157. This was all also at the young age of twenty-three years old. In addition to his strong season, he also had strong finishes in both this year’s season and in 2018 which is great to see.
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Arguably Rosario’s biggest step forward this season was in his defense though. He has been very inconsistent in the big leagues so far after being talked highly of for his defense in the minor leagues.
The first half of the season this year was a bit of an adventure as Rosario struggled to make routine plays. Talks of moving him to center field were starting to rumble due to his poor defense. By the end of the year, those talks were long gone as Rosario shined brightly the second half with his glove.
The first half of the 2019 season was quite frustrating for Rosario as he had his worst defense stretch in the majors.
From Opening Day through May 7th, Rosario already had ten errors on the season. In about a month and a half, Rosario had already committed more than half of the errors he would have at the end of the year. In a two day span between St Louis and Philadelphia he even had four combined errors. The rest of May to the end of the season Rosario only had seven errors which are not bad by any means.
Rosario will have some competition for the All-Star game at shortstop as some of the best are in the National League. The three players to make it this year were Javier Báez, Paul DeJong, and Trevor Story. It is not unrealistic to see Rosario jump one of these players in 2020 especially with Báez playing a lot of second base and potentially making the team there.
If Rosario can continue his much-improved defense into next season along with another strong offensive year, we can expect him to suit up for the All-Star game. He will have some competition with a few strong shortstops in the National League, but he can definitely squeak in if he gets off to a hot start.
It is not unrealistic for Rosario to get out of the gates hot either considering his strong finish this season on both sides of the game. As long as he builds off his strong year this year he should be able to hang with the best and we will see him in the All-Star game as a result.
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Will we see Rosario in the All-Star game in 2020? I believe so.