Spanish is spoken freely throughout the New York Mets clubhouse. One two-word phrase in Spanish El Futuro or The Future, might be the best description anyone has given of Amed Rosario.
Rosario is in his first training camp in the big leagues and thus far has hit .296, is showing his extraordinary defensive skills and his quick feet that have him ranked as the top prospect for the organization.
Mets manager Terry Collins said that his shortstop has shown him everything he needs to show. The rookie, who is just 21, played 120 games during 2016, which was a career high.
He started in St. Lucie in Class A and was promoted June 23 to Double-A Binghamton. He ended the season with a batting average between the two of .324, while hitting .341 at Double-A. He was picked to play in the All-Star Futures Game.
He has not hit for any power during camp thus far, said Collins, but he has it, said the Mets manager.
Collins called Rosario’s hands great, his poise out on the field was strong and he just loves to play the game.
Collins added that Rosario just needs to do what all talented players do and that is go out and play at least 140 games at Triple-A and put up big numbers.
Rosario has received his chance in this year’s Grapefruit League to play with big leaguers and will continue as he survived his first round of cuts at camp on Sunday.
Due to the injury to David Wright and Jose Reyes playing third base, Asdrubal Cabrera and Rosario are left to play short during exhibition games.
Rosario has seen an increase in playing time when Reyes left to play with the Dominican Republic during the World Baseball Classic.
Reyes started his Mets career in 1999 and the legacy has with the team might not be how he plays on the left side of their infield, but the affect he will have in the overall development of Rosario.
Rosario said he was thankful to play with players such as Jose, since Jose does not just give him advice while playing on the field, but tells him how to be off the field.
Tomas Nido a catcher for the Mets, who is also in his first camp in the big leagues, says he has seen on numerous occasions where Rosario has turned an apparent hit for an opponent into a groundout with his spectacular glove work. He added that it appears like Rosario’s older brother is Reyes.