There is a chance Mets fans won’t worry about Amed Rosario at all in 2021 because he’s wearing a different team’s uniform. The young shortstop struggled throughout 2020 and now has Andres Gimenez breathing down his neck. An offseason trade feels real.
Rosario concluded the 2020 season with a .252/.272/.371 slash line. He only had 147 plate appearances because he was outplayed by Gimenez.
In a year with some really high hopes, Rosario did nothing to advance his own plot this past year. He didn’t improve at the plate or in the field. He was just kind of stagnant.
For a 24-year-old, there’s nothing worse than doing very little to improve. While we can hope Rosario just had an off-year, he didn’t even steal a single base. In the past, this was the one thing we could depend on him to do.
After 1564 plate appearances, Rosario is now a lifetime .268/.302/.403 hitter. This is bottom of the lineup material. It’s not horrendous for a guy who can play Gold Glove-caliber shortstop. Unfortunately, this isn’t Rosario either.
The Mets have some big decisions to make about the future at shortstop. They can move on from Rosario now and have an immediate replacement. The fact that their number one prospect, Ronny Mauricio, also plays the position is promising for the organization. For Rosario, not so much.
Rosario could very well still have a very productive big league career. In fact, he probably will stick around for at least the next decade.
This doesn’t take away from the worry about how Rosario may perform in 2021. From a big picture perspective, the Mets will be all right. They have options. One of them is to have very little patience for Rosario to finally get consistent.
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