Three Mets who could have a leap year of their own on the field
By Tim Boyle
The guy on the Mets with the highest likelihood of taking the biggest leap forward in 2020 is the shortstop, Amed Rosario. The kid has been hyped up for years even before cracking the major league roster. After a slow start, we saw a clearer glimpse of what he can do this past season.
Rosario is trending upward. Unlike Conforto who may have reached his peak or Gsellman who seems to be falling down, Rosario has room to grow and it’s understandable why.
Last year, Rosario slashed .287/.323/.432 with 30 doubles, 15 home runs, and 177 hits. Equally as important as the stats are the number of games played. Rosario got into 154 for the 2018 Mets and another 157 for the Amazins in the most recent campaign.
By showing up to work, Rosario has had more opportunities to learn. It shows on the field with improvements at the plate and in the field. I think we sometimes forget he played last season as a 23-year-old.
Rosario’s leap could still take another year. However, it feels like if there’s anyone to move past the competition quickly in the coming season, it’s this young man.
Exactly how Rosario fits into the Mets’ lineup is still debatable. Easily the best base stealer on the team, they still have better OBP options like Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo who could slot in at number one and two for an average Luis Rojas lineup. This pushes Rosario down somewhere closer to eighth in the order.
Never fear, this can allow Rosario a chance to drive in runs and help turn the lineup over. If Rojas is daring, we may even see Rosario hit ninth sometimes as “an extra leadoff man.”
Rosario may not be bound for greatness, but he surely has the cache to get better.
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Which of these Mets do you think is most likely to take advantage of leap year?