German Ahmed Rosario

Over at Fangraphs, Nathaniel Stoltz does an excellent, in-depth breakdown of Mets' SS Amed Rosario. After praising his bat speed, Stoltz focuses on Rosario's inconsistent mechanics at the plate especially his tendency to dip his back shoulder which creates a cascade of problems throughout his swing.

In his debut season, the Mets assigned the 17-year-old Rosario to the Appalachian League where he hit .241/.279/.358 with eight doubles, four triples and three home runs in 58 games. He should begin 2014 in Extended Spring Training and follow that up with an assignment to Brooklyn.

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Clint Longenecker named Amed Rosario the Appalachian League's top prospect for Baseball America. He also placed RHP Rob Whalen at #15 in the Appy League and RHP Chris Flexen at #19.

On Rosario:


he showed star potential in his debut season. With a lanky build, he?s an exceptional athlete with above-average speed.

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In July, I interviewed SS Amed Rosario. The Mets signed Rosario to a $1.75 million as a 16-year-old in 2012. Fast-forward all the way to 2013, where the 17-year-old hit .241/.279/.358 in 226 PA over 58 games with Kingsport in the Appalachian League.

Rosario is very young - every single at bat he hand in 2013 came against an older pitcher. He's very raw with a swing that will need to be rebuilt before he reaches the big leagues. I'll spend more time on that, with video in later posts. For now, enjoy this conversation that we conducted post-game, translated by KMets Manager Jose Leger.


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The Kingsport Mets began their 2013 season last night. Kingsport, in the Appalachian League, occupies the middle level of the Mets' three short-season teams, playing at a level above the Gulf Coast League and below the New York Penn League and the Brooklyn Cyclones. Last year, the Mets did not operate a Gulf Coast League team, so the Kingsport team was young and inexperienced and it showed on the field.

This year, the Mets will control all of the team's business operations in addition to the on-field agenda.

Top ProspectSS German Rosario is just 17 years old and will not turn 18 until November. I had figured the Mets would start Rosario (pictured), who they paid a team-record $1.75 million for an international amateur, in the Gulf Coast League. Instead, at 6'2", 170 lbs, he will headline the Kingsport roster which is a nice, if minor, endorsement of his skills.

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Monday, the Mets officially signed Dominican SS German Ahmed Rosario for for $1.75 million. ESPN's Enrique Rojas was the first to the news over the weekend. The Mets, Astros and White Sox had been linked most closely to Rosario.

Here are some excerpts from Baseball America's scouting report on Rosario:

Rosario might be the most divisive player in Latin America. He has a long, lanky build, good bat speed and raw power in batting practice along with average speed. Some scouts who like Rosario enough to have him ranked as the top prospect in the Dominican Republic, seeing him as a true shortstop who with power who can hit in games... Supporters like his fielding instincts, hands, arm strength and ability to make the barehanded play.

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