Mets shortstop Amed Rosario has been on fire at the plate over his last 34 games, flashing star potential as he continues to improve his plate discipline.
Since Aug. 1, the 22-year-old Rosario is hitting .301/.340/.448 with three homers, eight doubles, two triples, and nine stolen bases -- lifting his season line to .256/.298/.386 with seven homers, 24 doubles, and eight triples in 134 games.
Only four players in baseball have more triples this season than Rosario. Ketel Marte leads the majors with 10, while Javier Baez, Yolmer Sanchez, and Mallex Smith have nine each.
In the 34 games since Aug. 1, Rosario has drawn eight walks after drawing only 18 over the first 100 games of the season and just three in 46 games in 2017, during what was his rookie season.
Rosario has all the tools to be a star, but had been held back during his first season-plus in part due to chasing pitches out of the zone at an alarming rate.
Along with getting more selective at the plate this season, Rosario has focused on improving his ability to steal bases (he has 18) and has been hitting the ball with more authority. Rosario's hard hit rate is 28.7 percent (up from 24.1 percent in 2017).
If Rosario is putting it all together, it would be a huge boon for the Mets as they look to determine who they can count on in 2019 and beyond.
Rosario's emergence has coincided with the arrival of Jeff McNeil, who has been hitting in the No. 2 spot lately behind Rosario at leadoff.
Since being promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas for his big league debut on July 24, McNeil is hitting .340/.401/.490 with two homers, four triples, eight doubles, and four stolen bases.