Amed Rosario’s 2020 campaign has been a disappointment for the New York Mets and it’s fair to wonder where his future lies next season.
When the New York Mets had ended their 2019 campaign there were many positive takeaways that both fans and Mets brass took away from the season, despite the team just falling short of the postseason. One of those big positive takeaways was the progression of shortstop Amed Rosario and the momentum they expected him to carry into the 2020 season. Unfortunately, we have all been disappointed with the results Rosario has displayed this season.
Since being recalled at the tender age of 21 back in 2017, the Mets have certainly seen a mixed bag of results from Rosario, to say the least. Many in the organization and around the league have always been high on his potential, and have felt that Rosario was the future at the shortstop position for the Mets.
The Mets have been looking for a permanent answer at the position since losing Jose Reyes to the Miami Marlins at the end of the 2011 season, and Rosario has long been thought of as that answer.
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While the results haven’t always been there for the 24-year old shortstop, as he carries a career .265 batting average with a disappointing career on-base percentage of .299., last season after the All-Star break things began to fall into place for Rosario.
Many around the league began to see Rosario display the type of ability that all of us Mets fans have been longing for over the previous two and half seasons since his recall from Las Vegas.
After the All-Star break, Rosario hit a blistering .319 with a fantastic .351 on-base percentage. Cutting down on the strikeouts was key for Rosario as he became more selective at the plate. He went from striking out at a 22% clip in the first half of the season to only striking out at a 15% clip in the second half of the year.
Sadly those numbers have not translated to the 2020 season. Rosario’s plate discipline has taken a significant step back and he seems to look completely lost at the plate with his current approach. He also is not drawing walks which makes it harder to justify keeping him in the lineup as it is a complete struggle for Rosario to get on base at all.
When Rosario is making contact he is pulling the ball this season more than he ever has in his career. Last season Rosario had gone up the middle and opposite field with his swing which provided better results. He has pulled the ball almost ten percent more of the time in his plate appearances this season than his normal career average.
Due to Rosario’s results this season we are left to ponder where does the former top prospect fits on the roster beyond this season.
With the Mets having one of their current top prospects in Andre Gimenez make the Opening Day roster and Gimenez providing production at the big league level, it’s fair to wonder if this may be the last season we see Rosario in a Mets uniform.
Rosario’s name was rumored to have been floated around in trade rumors for Cleveland Indians superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor this past offseason. While Rosario’s stock isn’t nearly as high as it was this past offseason, he is still only 24-years old and surely a prime change of scenery candidate that many clubs would love to take a chance on.
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I believed heading into this season that Rosario was part of the solution for the Mets and I still hope over the final month of the season he can turn things around at the plate for both him and the Mets’ sake. But and at this rate with Rosario’s struggles this season, I’d be shocked to see him in a Mets uniform in 2021.