The Mets have no immediate plans to promote SS prospect Amed Rosario from Triple-A, though that could change if SS Asdrubal Cabrera is unable to return from the disabled list in the next week to 10 days, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Thursday.
"We don't want (our top, premium prospects) to have to go back (to Triple-A)," Alderson explained, without specifically mentioning Rosario, who was recently named baseball's fifth-best prospect by MLB.com.
"This is about winning. This isn't about Super Two status, that's gone, that's passed," he continued, when pressed on why Rosario remains in Triple-A. "We're talking about the team on the field and whether we are a better team with what we have or bringing someone else in. ... The question is whether changes will make us better. And if they don't, what happens after that? Right now, we're comfortable with where we are."
Mar 10, 2017; Rosario throws to first during at Champion Stadium. Credit: Dill-USA TODAY Sports
According to Terry Collins, T.J. Rivera will be the team's everyday second baseman and Jose Reyes will be the everyday shortstop in place of Neil Walker and Cabrera, both of whom are on the disabled list.
The 21-year-old Rosario is hitting .336 with a .378 OBP and .500 SLG with seven HR, 15 doubles, four triples, 12 stolen bases, 42 runs, and 47 RBI in 65 games this season at Triple-A.
Alderson has had several opportunities to promote Rosario this season and has refused to do it. The team continues to say Rosario is in need of more time in Triple-A. I keep hearing they want him to better prepare for that day's pitcher, demonstrate more discipline with the bat, and drive the ball more in hitters counts. Meanwhile, Mets infielders are dropping like flies. And, the guys that remain, like Reyes, are doing very little to justify their presence in the lineup.
Frankly, I'm starting to think that -- even if everyone on the infield got hurt tonight, all in one incident -- Alderson might still not call on Rosario. It's so confusing. I mean, what's the point of having an elite prospect if you're not going to use him in a time of crisis? It's not like he'd be promoted to be their closer.
The Mets have literally lost their entire middle infield, during a season when they expected to be in the postseason. If that isn't the moment to call up a top shortstop prospect, even if he's occasionally swinging and missing at Triple-A pitching, I don't know what is.