Mets SS Amed Rosario was just 13 years old when Mets' then-Dominican Republic supervisor Gerardo Cabrera first tried to convince Mets' director of international scouting Chris Becerra to take a look at the budding shortstop, writes Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com.
"I told him basically every day to come to the Dominican Republic to see him play, and the sooner the better because a lot of teams were interested in him," Cabrera said, according to Ehalt. "I really loved that kid. …The way he played for that age was unbelievable."
Becerra finally did see Rosario in 2012, and the Mets' interest in him only grew when they saw him again during an early-morning workout. Rosario performed well, stringing together eight straight hits to the opposite field while making other impressive plays.
"You couldn't ask for better," Becerra said. "We walked away saying, 'that's our guy.'"
The Mets visited Rosario and his family and had dinners with them, which gave them an edge when it came time for Rosario to choose a team. The Rays, Astros, Athletics, White Sox, and Cardinals also had interest in him, but he wound up signing a $1.75 million deal with the Mets.
"With the Mets, what was really key was they extended themselves to my family and got to know them and were as great to them as they were to me," Rosario said. "My family and I sat down together and as a family decided the Mets were the best option for us."
In 11 big league games, Rosario is hitting .237 with a home run, two RBIs, and a pair of triples.