Amed Rosario had quietly been the opening day shortstop for the Mets the last three seasons. Signed as an amateur free agent back in 2012, Rosario spent four seasons in the Mets minor league system before being called up to the MLB in 2017. Rosario fringed on being a five-tool player, with enough speed to steal up to 15 bases a season and enough power in his bat to hit about ten home runs in a season. Rosario has been his typical self this year, hitting at just about his career mark of a .267 batting average and on pace to hit about ten home runs. An everyday starter, Rosario has also been a plus fielder, with the added flexibility of now playing the outfield for Cleveland as well as his usual shortstop position. He has tended to be slotted number two in the Cleveland batting order, an especially important spot, just ahead of AL MVP runner-up Jose Ramirez.
Andres Gimenez broke out as a rookie in 2020. Considered a near “elite defender”, Gimenez also swung his bat well making the most of his more limited playing time, hitting .263 and adding some home runs to go with it. When the Lindor trade initially happened, although undoubtedly a deal in favor of the Mets, the hardest part for me to accept was having to let go of the 22-year-old Andres Gimenez. This year has been a different story.
Gimenez is currently with another former Met, Wilson Ramos, on the Cleveland Indians AAA team, the Columbus Clippers. Gimenez has taken 248 at-bats this season. Only about one-third of those at-bats have been at the Major League level. In those 78 at-bats with the MLB Indians, Gimenez has only hit .179. It must be difficult to get settled in with such limited opportunities. When the MLB playing time has come, Gimenez has been playing almost solely as a shortstop, not a second baseman, setting the table for a position battle with his companion Rosario. At only 22 years old, the Indians surely would have optimistic long-term plans for the prospect. The Indian’s current starting second baseman Cesar Hernandez is 31 years old, hitting .227 this year, and on a one-year contract. The less financially flexible Indians may see Gimenez as an appropriate replacement for the future.
The 20-year-old right-handed pitching prospect is ranked as the number ten prospect in the Cleveland organization. Wolf, a 2019 second-round draft pick of the New York Mets is currently a member of the Indians Single-A Lynchburg Hillcats. MLB.com gives the pitcher a 2023 MLB eta. Despite receiving a 60 grade on his fastball and curveball (20-80 scale), and having a 97 mph plus fastball, Wolf has struggled this season in the minors. A starting pitcher, Wolf, through 41.2 innings pitched has a 5.83 ERA and 1.66 WHIP. The pitcher does strike out players efficiently, but will surely need to improve his performance and statistics to continue his career.
Greene is the number 19 ranked prospect in the Cleveland organization. The outfielder is only 19 years old, with a 2024 MLB eta. Most noted for being a great athlete, Greene was drafted in the second round by the Mets in 2020. This season, Greene’s first as a professional athlete, he is tearing up the Arizona Complex League Rookie ball with a .343 batting average and .529 slugging percentage.
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