Jose Reyes told the NY Post's Ethan Sears that he is excited to see the Mets eventually promote top SS prospect Amed Rosario, despite them playing the same position.
"He's a good friend of mine," Reyes told Sears. "We speak on the phone almost every day, so I'd say we have a very good relationship."
In 87 games with Las Vegas this season, Rosario is hitting .330 with seven home runs and 53 RBI. He had been batting .435 during his last 10 games, after which he's missed roughly a week due to a bruised finger and stomach illness.
According to Reyes, he and Rosario talk more about life than baseball...
Rosario is expected to be promoted to play shortstop after Mets GM Sandy Alderson likely trades an infielder in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. With Rosario at shortstop, Reyes is expected to play second base and third base.
"He is the future of this organization," Reyes said of Rosario, who is widely considered the organization's top prospect. In early-July, Rosario was listed as the fourth-best prospect in baseball on Baseball America's mid-summer Top 100 Prospects List.
In 2002, at 19 years old, Reyes was ranked the organization's top prospect and third-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America. Reyes made his big-league debut less than a year later, during which he received eight votes for Rookie of the Year.
"Hustle every day," Reyes tells Rosario, which is something he told himself when coming up through the minor leagues. "Always be hungry for the game and play hard."
August 13, 2005: Reyes bats against at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Lewis-US PRESSWIRE
Reyes spent his first nine seasons with the Mets, winning a batting title in 2011 before leaving for Miami, where he signed a six-year, $102 million deal that December to play for the Marlins. He played one year with Miami, was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, and then traded again to the Colorado Rockies in July of 2015.
Colorado designated him for assignment in 2016 after he completed his suspension under MLB's domestic violence policy, and Reyes rejoined the Mets two days later.
In 21 games since the end of June, Reyes is batting .351 (.348 BABIP) with 13 extra base hits, 12 RBI, 11 runs scored and one stolen base.