Part of the package sent to the Cleveland Indians this offseason to acquire Francisco Lindor included two promising young former New York Mets shortstops, Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario.
We got our first view of Gimenez in the big leagues last season where I think he exceeded expectations. He hit well, played tremendous defense, and stole a few bags. Mets fans got to see a lot more of Rosario in recent years. During the time, we experienced the ups and downs.
Although the 2021 season is young, the pair of former Mets shortstops have gotten off to much different starts in their new city.
Former Mets shortstops having drastically different beginnings in Cleveland
Through 14 plate appearances, Gimenez is hitting .143/.143/.143 with a pair of singles and four strikeouts. The starting shortstop in Cleveland, he has been flawless thus far in the field without a single error.
Rosario, on the other hand, has played some shortstop and center field. He already has one error at shortstop through 16 innings. In center field, he recorded a successful putout in his one chance. At the plate, he’s hitting .333/.385/.333 after 13 plate appearances. Most amazing of all, he has already drawn a walk!
There’s no rush to judgment on what either of these men have done so far. One 3 for 3 game of an 0 for 5 outing changes things in a drastic way.
A quick check-in with some other former Mets
Not the only former Mets to keep tabs on this year, Gimenez and Rosario are joined by some other ex-Amazins who have given only an early preview of what to expect with their new ball clubs.
Matt Harvey is 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA after two starts with the Baltimore Orioles. It’s not a promising beginning but it’s certainly not as disastrous as some of his other stops along the way since leaving the Mets.
From the Los Angeles Angels bench, Juan Lagares has yet to pick up a hit in limited action. When you’re behind Mike Trout on the depth chart, playing time could be hard to find.
Finally, there’s Jed Lowrie. Can we even call him a former Met? The current league-leader in games played with 9 (as many as he played with the Mets during his two seasons in New York), Lowrie is playing well enough to launch an investigation. He is slashing .276/.364/.448 with a home run and a pair of doubles already.
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We certainly wish many of these former Mets well in their seasons ahead—even Lowrie. A punchline of Mets baseball in recent years, what’s funnier than him having a tremendous season at age 37 following his magical disappearing act in 2019 and 2020?