Future Watch: Amed Rosario Rookie Baseball Cards, Mets

Future Watch: Amed Rosario Rookie Baseball Cards, Mets – There are some players who get invited to spring training, look great, but get sent back for more seasoning. This year, Mets future shortstop Amed Rosario had that happen to him. The Mets are looking to get more minor league at-bats for the talented infielder and all Mets fans can do is wait for the day he gets called up to Flushing.

Rosario has speed similar to Jose Reyes when he first played for the Mets. He knows how to get on base and his batting average in AAA is .362 in the early going.

Last season he went from A to AA and he ripped 71 RBI in just 120 games combined. He had 19 steals, 13 triples and an average well above .300.

Now 21, it’s possible that the Dominican Republic native could get a call up before later this summer. If not he’ll surely get an extended look when the rosters expand.

This prospect went undrafted. The Mets signed him in 2012. He got a $1.75 million-dollar bonus which was the largest given to an international amateur and nobody has exceeded that to date.

The Mets have improved his swing. He used to have a massive upper cut in his swing that led to a lot of strikeouts. In the past two seasons that has gone down a lot.

Here’s a look at him in spring training:

Amed Rosario has been on the radar of prospectors for awhile now. As a result he does have several autographed cards in the market. His most popular appears to be his Chrome Prospects Autographed Card from 2015 Bowman. However, Panini was the first company to land the highly touted prospect. He has autographed cards in both 2013 Paninni Prizm Perennial Draft Picks and 2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition. In addition, collectors should not overlook his autographed cards in 2016 Leaf Metal Draft and 2016 Leaf Trinity or 2014 Topps Heritage Minor League.

He is ranked number three on MLB’s 2017 Prospect Watch List, who has this to say:

He’s always had very good contact skills and extra-base power has started to show up more consistently as he drew more walks and continued to fill out his ultra-athletic and projectable frame. He could approach Major League average pop in time. He has excellent speed and should continue to be a base-stealing threat. There is no question he’ll be a shortstop long-term, with the potential to be an elite-level defender thanks to his range, hands, footwork and plus arm.

Some have said he’s the best shortstop not in the big leagues . . . Mets fans sure hope so.

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Russ Cohen