Amed Rosario finally made his highly-anticipated MLB debut last week. For many New York Mets fans, it was long overdue. For months, Sandy Alderson insisted on keeping Rosario in Triple-A, and did not want him to “be viewed as a potential savior” for the team. Fast forward to August 2, and Rosario found himself in the starting lineup against the Colorado Rockies. The 21-year-old shortstop went 1-4 in his MLB debut.
Rosario has since emerged as a bright spot for the Mets during a lackluster 2017 season. He is batting .211 through his first 19 at-bats. He recorded his first stolen base in his Citi Field debut last Friday, and capped off a four-game hitting streak.
“There have been some special guys come up,” Terry Collins said after Friday’s game, singling out Rosario as “very bright and very sharp.”
“You’re going to watch him grow to be one of the true good players in the league.”
Rosario is not tearing it up at the MLB level like he did in Triple-A, at least not yet. He has shown flashes of the potential that earned him the number two spot on MLB.com’s midseason top 100 prospects list. He hit .328 with seven home runs, 58 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases in 425 plate appearances in Las Vegas this season.
“I waited for my time and that time is finally here,” Rosario told reporters on Friday. “I was patient and waited for my time to come, I don’t feel any pressure.”
It seems Rosario will assume the lion’s share of starts at shortstop for the rest of the season. Asdrubal Cabrera ceded that he is “done” playing shortstop and will accept his role as a utility infielder. Rosario will be the team’s “primary option” at shortstop, but will not play every day, according to Collins.
Rosario surely needs time to adjust to this level of play. Still, he seems relatively at ease with the higher degree of competition. He appears ready for his role as a franchise cornerstone for years to come.
“He seems like a confident kid, somebody who doesn’t get affected by situations or things that might happen,” teammate Jose Reyes said. “I think he can do anything he wants in the field. He just needs time to adjust here in the big leagues and he will be fine. His talent will take over.”
Jesse Andreozzi is a staff writer at Outside Pitch Sports Network covering the New York Mets. Follow him on Twitter @Jesse_Andreozzi.