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#MLBPlayers411 | Amed Rosario

   09-18-2017
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When the calendar turned to August, the Mets' front office and fans were buzzing. Not because of the on-field product – the team sat 14 games out of the division lead – but for the highly-anticipated debut of top prospect Amed Rosario.

Rosario made his debut on August 1, and has been playing every day at shortstop since the call-up. At 21 years old, Rosario became the youngest player to debut with the Mets since 20-year-old Dilson Herrera in 2014.

"It was a tremendous experience just being out there," Rosario said after his debut. "I really don't have words to describe it."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has hit .265 with 16 runs scored, four home runs and nine RBIs in 38 games for the Mets. Heating up at the plate, Rosario has batted .344 with eight runs scored in his last 10 games.

According to Statcast, the athletic Rosario is the fastest shortstop in the game, a quality the Mets certainly need considering they rank 29th of the 30 MLB teams this season with just 50 steals. In his short time at the major-league level, Rosario has seven steals in nine chances.

"He can change the game with his speed," former Met Jay Bruce told MLB.com. "And it looks like he's going to be able to change the game in a lot of ways."

This season, Rosario was ranked as the top prospect in baseball by ESPN.com's Keith Law, who remarked, “he has MVP potential as a true shortstop.” Baseball America ranked him as the fourth-best in baseball and the top prospect in the Mets' farm system.

Rosario played 94 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this season before being called up to the big-league club, enough to be named the Pacific Coast League's Rookie of the Year and a post-season All-Star after batting .328 with 66 runs scored, seven home runs, 58 RBIs and 19 steals. Additionally, Rosario played in both the 2016 and 2017 MLB Futures Game.

He was signed as a free agent by the Mets in 2012. In 494 minor-league games across six leagues, Rosario hit .291 with 236 runs scored, 134 extra-base hits and 205 RBIs.

Rosario has been mentored by former top prospect Jose Reyes. The two met when Reyes played at Double-A Binghamton in 2016.

According to the New York Post, Reyes told Rosario, “Hustle every day … Always be hungry for the game and play hard.”

Sound advice from a veteran who came up as the Mets' shortstop to similar fanfare back in 2003 when he was just 20.

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