A lot has been written about NY Mets top prospect Amed Rosario this spring. Most of it about his batting and base running abilities. Both of which are projected to be above average. Any talk about his fielding ability mostly mentions his strong arm and great range.
Prospect Amed Rosario Bio
Rosario, the 21-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic, is the #5 prospect according to Baseball America. He’s 6′ 2” and weighs around 190 lbs. Amed bats and throws right-handed. The Mets signed him on July 2, 2012 as an amateur free agent. He earned a $1.75M signing bonus (a Mets club record for international amateur player).
Here’s a look at some of his fielding statistics since high A ball.
|2015||A+ (St. Lucie)||931.1||17||.968||5.04|
|2016||A+ (St. Lucie)||523||11||.962||4.85|
|2017||AAA (Las Vegas)||365||9||.949||3.95|
Five of his errors this season have come while playing at Las Vegas which is notorious for its hard infield.
Benjamin Chase recently wrote an extensive scouting report on Rosario and included these tidbits on his defense:
Defense (70) – The carrying tool for Rosario all along has been his absolutely elite defense. While he had some seeming issues with first-step quickness before his strength gain, he had such smooth movements afterward that he easily handled anything hit his way and then some.
He has tremendous range and his hands are incredibly soft as he handles balls and throws. There’s really little not to like about Rosario defensively, and he will very likely jump quickly to the upper levels of defensive shortstops in the league once he gets to New York.
If you somehow missed it on SNY, here’s a 4 minute interview with Mets GM Sandy Alderson talking about when will be the right time to call up Amed Rosario to the big leagues.