Every Met fan, at this point, has heard the name Amed Rosario. He was first signed by the Mets in 2013 and the expectations were set fairly high for a player who was still only 17. International signees can be a bit of a gamble as they are often drafted before they’ve fully grown into themselves. Rosario was drafted as a shortstop (most of the top prospects are) and scouts projected that an eventual move to third might be on the horizon.
Before you get too far ahead of yourselves Rosario doesn’t need to be shifted off of shortstop. He’s got a strong arm, soft hands and good range. However, with Jose Reyes struggling, David Wright near permanently assigned to the DL and Wilmer Flores being needlessly restricted to only facing lefties, perhaps the Mets could get creative.
I would strongly discourage the Mets from shifting Rosario to third. His greatest value to the team is at short and he’s a better fielding shortstop than Asdrubal Cabrera. Perhaps another idea would be to shift Cabrera to third (a position his justifiably diminishing range is better suited to) and having Rosario play shortstop.
Thus far, in his first glimpse of AAA, Rosario is hitting well, albeit without power: .357/.391/.357, 0 XBH, 3 SB, 6 K. It seems that Las Vegas is only ballooning his numbers above where they already were in AA. Once he clears Super Two status expect the Mets to seriously discuss his promotion.
AAA: Las Vegas 51s
Dominic Smith not starting slow – Through 11 games he has a .948 OPS with 5 XBH and isn’t striking out too often. All really great things to see.
Gavin Cecchini is a patient man – Yes, he’s only hitting .250 to start the year but his OBP is over .350 and his batting average is on the rise.
Travis Taijeron is hitting… but – he’s also striking out a ton. 10 k’s in 11 games is more of what we’ve come to expect from him.
David Roseboom isn’t striking people out – Instead he’s just not letting them on base. He’s got a 0.60 WHIP through 5.0 IP this young season.
AA: Binghamton Rumble Ponies
P.J. Conlon steady so far – His second outing was similar to his first except he pitched 1 additional inning and through no walks.
Luis Guillorme is continuing a fine spring – He impressed at camp this spring and continues hitting in Binghamton to the tune of a 1.015 OPS.
Matt Oberste shouldn’t be in AA – His .881 OPS is pretty good but his 7 walks are even more telling.
A+: Port St. Lucie Mets
Justin Dunn continues to struggle – It wasn’t as bad as his first outing but to give up 8 hits and 2 walks in 5.1 IP isn’t part of the plan.
Wuilmer Becerra sees mixed results – On the one hand he is hitting: .378/.455/.459. On the other he’s got 11 Ks in 10 games.
Peter Alonso scuffling – Things have not been awful but he’s still adjusting to AA.
Patrick Mazeika still looks good – He’s got a .973 OPS and as many walks (4) as strikeouts.
Jhoan Urena making a bid for relevance – He fell off the radar with disappointing seasons in 2015 and 2016 but he’s hitting in 2017 and is still only 22.
Anthony Dimino already promoted – He started the year in Columbia but quickly got a promotion to Port St. Lucie.
Nabil Crismatt is still worthy of praise – It’s another year and Crismatt just keeps producing quality starts.
A: Columbia Fireflies
Desmond Lindsay not looking great – He’s struck out a lot and he’s not hitting.
Dash Winningham still on track – Players ranked 50th out of 50 often fall off the rankings but Winningham is poised to move up them.
The Pitchers of Columbia Shine – Merandy Gonzalez, Jordan Humphries and Colin Holderman have all impressed thus far.