Amed Rosario’s spring by the numbers

Amed Rosario’s spring by the numbers

With time ticking down until Opening Day, the New York Mets have narrowed down their Spring Training roster.

Many prospects have seen their time in big league camp come to an end with the World Baseball Classic’s conclusion. The Mets had several top prospects earn playing time this spring. This will be the first breakdown of one of those prospect’s performance.

Amed Rosario is the team’s number one ranked prospect according to MLB.com and could end up being the Mets’ next starting shortstop once Asrubal Cabrera’s contract expires.

Rosario performed well in Spring Training as the 21-year-old batted .267 in 30 at bats. He recorded one double and drove in three runs.

Rosario needs to work on putting the ball in play against higher quality pitching. He struck out seven times, which is not an awful pace as he had more hits than strikeouts. The shortstop hit .348 on balls in play this spring, following up on a 2016 season where he hit .345 on balls in play at Single-A and a whopping .433 on balls in play at Double-A. However, his 21.5 percent strikeout percentage in 2016 at Binghamton is slightly above the major league average.

One expects that skill will develop with more exposure. Rosario has never played above the Double-A level, though he is expected to appear in Triple-A at some point this season.

The one double Rosario hit this spring was the first extra-base hit he recorded in any spring game with the Mets in big league camp. This is an area that has improved as Rosario has gotten older and matured. His slugging percentage last year was over .400 at both levels for the first time in his minor league career and he looks to develop enough power to be a gap-to-gap doubles hitter.

Rosario’s best spring performances came early in March on the first and the third of the month. In those two games he went a combined three-for-five with a double and an RBI. He also had hits in three of his last five games up to March 12. Rosario closed his spring with a hit in five of his nine games played this month, giving Mets fans just a taste of what his potential could be.

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