Mets with GOAT potential – Amed Rosario
The Mets haven’t had a ridiculously great history of shortstops. Jose Reyes is easily the best in franchise history. I’m not sure any other position has as big of a difference between the number one and two spot.
Beyond Reyes, we have a bunch of mostly light-hitting guys such as Bud Harrelson and Rey Ordonez. Many of the other memorable shortstops in Mets history moved to another position or team shortly after.
The current man who plays the position, Amed Rosario, has an outside shot to catch Reyes. I don’t think he will, but there’s a very real chance he moves right up behind him for the number two spot.
Rosario is still developing as a player. Minus the speed Reyes possessed, he doesn’t really have the one element that helped make Reyes a star during his time in New York.
Rosario’s climb to GOAT status will take years. He’ll need to reach the potential many believed he could. This would mean an improvement at just about every aspect of his game. A more subtle consideration is also his defense. Because if Rosario isn’t playing well at shortstop, he’s likely not going to remain at the position.
Already three years into his career, Rosario is going to need at least an extension to ever become the shortstop GOAT. Otherwise, time is going to run out for him to catch up with Reyes.
In my eyes, Rosario has already become a top-five shortstop for the club. If 2019 was any indication of what’s in store for the next few seasons, he should be able to fall into the number two spot.