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New York Mets: Five early bold predictions for the 2020 season

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates his fifth inning home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with teammate Amed Rosario #1 at Citi Field on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates his fifth inning home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with teammate Amed Rosario #1 at Citi Field on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 04: Amed Rosario #1 of the New York Mets celebrates after scoring against the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning at Nationals Park on September 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Amed Rosario is the starting shortstop for the 2020 NL All-Star team

Amed Rosario is quietly coming into his own as an all-around shortstop. In 2019 there was a lot of talk about him moving to centerfield or being used as a trade piece due to his inability to play shortstop or get on base at a high rate.

It’s no secret that Rosario really struggled defensively early in the 2019 season. Through his first 36 games in 2019, he had ten errors which included a six-game stretch in April where he had seven errors.

However, through his last 117 games, he only had seven errors. This a tremendous improvement that was overshadowed by his outburst of offensive production for the Mets in 2019. Rosario made significant strides not only defensively but also offensively in 2019 finishing with a stat line of .287/.323/.432/.755.

There is still room for improvement with getting on-base more and smartly using his speed to steal more bases.

If he can build on his 2019 successes, then he can become one of the premier shortstops in the National League and maybe even garner enough popularity and attention to be the starting shortstop for the 2020 NL All-Star team.

His biggest completion is Trea Turner who is a fantastic shortstop but when you really analyze the numbers Rosario can become Turner-like in 2020.

With the strides Rosario has made so far and the strides he will continue to make it is not out of the question that he can be on the 2020 All-Star team. If he makes strides in 2020 and hits the ground running, he could even be the starting shortstop.

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