Mets manager Mickey Callaway said SS Amed Rosario's talent is "right on par" with Francisco Lindor's, who was on the 2015-17 Indians teams while Callaway served as pitching coach.
The 24-year-old Lindor is a career .293/.349/.474 hitter with the Indians, and has been a plus defender at shortstop all three seasons.
"I've gotten to see a lot (of Rosario)," Callaway said Wednesday. "Unbelievable athlete. I think, obviously, right on par with (Francisco) Lindor. Extreme athletes can move around really well -- go left, right, good arm. He has all the tools."
Rosario, 22, hit .248/.271/.394 with four HR, four doubles, four triples, and seven stolen bases in 46 games for the Mets in 2017, during what was his first taste of the majors. He was worth 1 DRS at shortstop.
"Young shortstops are young shortstops sometimes, and we have faith that he's going to go out there and make a play," Callaway said. "Sometimes they're going to make little mistakes along the way, but he's always going to improve. We saw that with Lindor, and that's just something that happens when you have a super-talented guy."
Mets special assistant to the GM J.P. Ricciardi agrees with his manager.
"If you put Rosario in the draft, he would've been a flat-out No. 1 (round) pick, like all those other guys," Ricciardi said Wednesday, referring to Lindor and Houston's Carlos Correa and the Dodgers' Corey Seager. "I think he's right in a class with those guys. The difference is, those guys have proven it. He's in that period where he's learning how to prove it.
"The big question is how fast he gets acclimated to the major-league game. He's got all the tools. He's got all the skills. And it's a tough place to learn, the major-league level."
Callaway also discussed how Rosario's superior range can sometimes result in people believing he's not making plays he should be making.
"The funny thing about those guys is they get to balls nobody else gets to, and sometimes they don't make that play that they get to. And people are like, 'oh, he didn't make a good throw.' But, other players -- it would have just gone by. It's really fun to watch a dynamic, athletic player like that."