Mets’ Amed Rosario “Seemingly” To Play A number of Positions In 2021
A Mets official tells Joel Sherman of the New York Put up that Amed Rosario turning into a multi-positional participant is “possible within the playing cards” for 2021. Rosario has nearly solely performed shortstop throughout his eight professional seasons, aside from seven video games as a 3rd baseman within the minors and one recreation in left area on the MLB stage.
This isn’t the primary time a place change has been weighed for Rosario, because the Mets thought of him as a middle area candidate again in June 2019. Nothing got here of the concept, nevertheless, and maybe it isn’t a coincidence that round that very same time, Rosario went on the most popular hitting stretch of his younger profession. After batting .322/.353/.453 over his last 372 plate appearances of the 2019 season, Rosario appeared to solidify his declare as New York’s shortstop of the longer term, however he struggled in 2020. This opened the door for Andres Gimenez to assert an more and more giant share of the shortstop enjoying time down the stretch.
It must be famous that the Mets have apparently not run the concept of a place change previous Rosario or his agent Ulises Cabrera, who tells Sherman that “so far as we’re involved, Amed Rosario is the beginning shortstop of the New York Mets, and he’s figuring out and making ready as such.” As such, Rosario isn’t planning to begin figuring out at different positions both in his private offseason work or in a extra organized setting like winter ball.
Rosario’s glovework at shortstop has lengthy been a query mark, although he did make some progress on that entrance within the eyes of some metrics. Over 322 1/Three innings on the place final season, Rosario had a +2 Outs Above Common and a +3.5 UZR/150. (The Defensive Runs Saved metric stays unimpressed with Rosario’s work, as he posted -Three DRS.) Whereas it’s comprehensible that Rosario would wish to stay the common shortstop, turning into a extra versatile defensive participant would theoretically add to his total worth. Or, maybe Rosario would reveal himself as a plus defender at second base, third base, or within the outfield.
The rumors of a Francisco Lindor commerce proceed to loom over the Mets’ shortstop plans, although Sherman feels the Mets may need sufficient depth on the place to forego a pursuit of Lindor in the interim. Sherman opines that the Mets might hold Gimenez at shortstop in 2021 to discover what they’ve in him, which additionally permits extra time for prime prospect Ronny Mauricio to get extra seasoning within the minors or in one other alternate training-site situation relying on what occurs with subsequent 12 months’s minor league season. If the Mets aren’t glad with what they see from Rosario, Gimenez, or Mauricio, they might discover a commerce for a shortstop in-season (maybe with one of many present trio going the opposite means in a deal), or possibly simply wait to signal one of many many excellent shortstops who’re scheduled to hit free company subsequent winter.