July 2012: The Mets signed Rosario for $1.75 million, out of the Dominican Republic. It was the highest sum paid to an international amateur in franchise history. Chris Becerra and Gerardo Cabrera are the scouts who signed Amed.
His father is a lawyer in the Dominican Republic.
Amed has both athleticism and aptitude on display. He devours information and applies it very quickly.
In 2013, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Rosario as the 28th-best prospect in the Mets' organization. Amed moved all the way up to 7th-best prospect in the Mets' farm system in the winter before 2014 spring training.
They had Amed at #6 in the spring of 2015, then moved him up to second-best prospect in the Mets' organization in the spring of 2016, behind only lefty Steven Matz. And then, in the offseason before 2017 spring training, they had Rosario as the #1 prospect in the Mets' farm system.
Rosario, who was teammates with Rangers right fielder Nomar Mazara as a youth in Santo Domingo, graduated from high school before turning pro. His father, who was a lawyer and a judge, helped steer the signing process.
In 2016, Rosario earned MLBPipeline.com's Mets Prospect of the Year honors.
- During the offseason before 2017 spring training, Amed impressed the Mets by participating with the team’s voluntary strength and conditioning program headed by Mike Barwis at the organization’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
“The thing, I think, that also excited us was he decided against playing winter ball because he wanted to work on just getting stronger,” Ricco said. “He recognizes that’s really what he needs as opposed to playing more in the offseason.” (January, 2017)
Jan 14, 2017: As Rosario has developed from an intriguing prospect to one of baseball's best, he has leaned at various points along the way on a few people in particular.
One, was Jose Reyes. The two crossed paths for about two weeks, when Rosario was playing at Double-A Binghamton and Reyes was working his way back into big league shape there. They snapped pictures together, posting them on social media. Both men came away impressed.
"For me, it was a tremendous experience, because Reyes is my favorite player, and he taught me and helped me a lot during those few games we played together," Rosario said at the Major League Baseball Rookie Career Development Program in Leesburg, Va.
"Really, I thank God, who gave me the opportunity," Rosario said. "For me, it's a pleasure to play being a few years younger in each level I've played in. I feel good about that."
With Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera entrenched at shortstop this season, the Mets want nothing more from Rosario than another solid year of development. After that, anything is possible for a team that has been searching since Reyes for its shortstop of the future. (A DiComo - MLB.com - Jan 14, 2017)
In 2017, Rosario represented the Mets in the All-Star Futures game.
When Amed was told of his promotion to the Mets on July 31, 2017, the first person he called was his sister. Rosario's sister has been living with him in Las Vegas, and Rosario was on his way to English class when he got the call. But he had to make her promise not to tell anyone else, as he wasn't technically allowed to say anything.
"They told me I couldn't say anything until it was shared with a press release," Rosario said through an interpreter prior to making his Major League debut.
The shortstop went 1-for-4, notching his first career hit on an infield single in the eighth inning. Per Statcast™, Rosario's sprint speed was 30.6 feet/second on that hit and he went 4.04 seconds home-to-first, both considered elite.
"It was a tremendous experience just being out there," Rosario said after the game. "I really don't have words to describe it." (Gelman - mlb.com - 8/1/17)
Aug 11, 2017: It was Rosario's first, and he made it count. On the day Mets No. 2 prospect Dominic Smith debuted, it was Rosario who stole the show. Just minutes after the Phillies climbed back to tie the game in the eighth, Rosario smacked his first career big league homer, a go-ahead shot in the ninth, to propel the Mets to a 7-6 win at Citizens Bank Park.
"I've been seeing that stuff all year," Smith said of Rosario. "I'm finally glad that he can show everybody that stuff, playing on TV every day. I'm just extremely happy for him. He worked extremely hard to get to this point, and you all can see that."
Added Rosario: "It's just a dream come true." (A Dicomom - MLB.com - Aug 12, 2017)
August 30, 2017: Rosario won the Pacific Coast League’s Rookie of the Year.
September 26, 2017: Rosario was named the Mets Triple-A Player of the Year.
Nov 29, 2017: The holidays are a time for giving and celebrations. While there's a bit of a break until pitchers and catchers report, some teams and players are doing their part by giving back to the community in a big and fun way. The Mets took the time to take some kids on a shopping spree for the holidays, and it was adorable … with a it of flair. The Mets Annual Shopping Spree was underway and at the center of it all was Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith. Smith took his friend David under his wing and spoiled him with so many toys and clothes that the shopping cart could barely fit it all. And as far as Rosario, well he also gave his little buddy a shopping spree, all while showing off some serious Christmas swag in the process.
That's the most Christmas-y Christmas jacket we have ever seen. Good look winning the best-dressed award at your holiday party going up against those two. (J Kleinschmidt - MLB.com - Nov 29, 2017)
Nov. 2018: Rosario was on the MLB roster for the Japan All-Star Series with Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
Dec 13, 2018: Sometimes dreams do come true, like when you get that Official Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun you always wanted. Amed Rosario's Christmas wish took a little longer. Rosario shared a photo with his new Mets teammate, Robinson Cano. But this photo wasn't snapped at a recent Mets event. Rather, it was when Rosario was a teenager in the Dominican Republic. Rosario had actually tracked down Cano that day in order to meet the star.
"It was a great experience being so young and being around a superstar baseball player,'' said Rosario to the New York Post. "I never expected to play with him, but baseball is very small. Now that Cano is here, I'm happy." (M Clair - MLB.com - Dec 13, 2018)
Amed is the Mets' member on the Taylor Hooton Foundation advisory board, the foundation which advocates against the use of appearance-enhancing and performance-enhancing substances by the youth of America.
"It's a privilege to be a part of this organization, especially being a Latin player," Rosario said. "It's an interesting program overall, and I'm just happy to be able to be an influence and part of it. It's something that I'm very happy to be a part of," Rosario said. "It comes from a family thing where I've always been brought up to try and give back, and the little I've made so far, it's something I'm trying to give back." (DeNicola - mlb.com - 5/19/19)
Roomies! Spending his quarantine in the Tampa, Fla., area, shortstop Amed Rosario had a unique living arrangement, sharing a home with Tigers infielder Willi Castro. The two have known each other since 2012 and became brothers-in-law when Castro married Rosario’s sister, Aniana. Rosario is now an uncle to their daughter.
“Me and Willy have a tremendous relationship,” Rosario said. “He really is like a brother to me.” (Anthony DiComo - July 8, 2020)
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Rosario has above-average bat speed and raw power. The ball simply jumps off his bat from his natural whip action through the zone. He is going to hit more home runs than most shortstops.
Scouts say Amed has a 60 hit tool. And he has moderate, 45 grade power on the 20-80 scouting scale. (Spring, 2017)
In 2016, Ahmed shortened up his righthanded stroke. It is not only shorter, but more authoritative, with the bat-to-ball skills he showed last year now translating into harder contact. Better pitch selection also helped him tap into the power in his stronger, maturing body. He still gets pull-happy at times, but when Rosario lets the ball travel a bit, he shows the quick hands and strong wrists and forearms to drive the ball to all parts of the park.
Rosario still is something of a free-swinger who is prone to chasing breaking pitches. But he is adept at hitting behind runners and executing the hit-and-run, and he profiles as a prototype No. 2 hitter. He lines the ball from gap-to-gap with a line-drive oriented approach.
“At first it was a little difficult trying to figure out the strike zone, but over the course of time I was able to make adjustments,” Rosario said. “My biggest improvement was with the strike zone. I shrunk it over the course of time,"
He figures to grow into some power as he fills out his wiry frame, but he primarily is a line-drive hitter who can use all fields. He makes authoritative contact. (Spring, 2017)
He hits effectively to the opposite field. He has good feel for the barrel and his swing generates a lot of leverage. He hits the ball with authority from his pull side to right-center field.
Rosario needs to improve at handling pitches on the inner half of the plate.
And he needs to improve his strike zone discipline. Amed's plus speed helps him leg out some infield hits.
2016 Improvements: Rosario was targeted by many as a prospect who could make a huge leap in 2016, he did just that and then some.
The 20-year-old shortstop began the year in the Florida State League and earned a midseason promotion to Double-A, where he raked even more (.341 average). His combined .324 average placed him fourth in the Mets organization, while he topped the system with 155 hits. The Mets' future at shortstop is coming quickly.
When Amed tracks pitches with two strikes, he seems to lean his weight forward, training his eyes on the ball as long as possible before deciding whether to swing. Mets manager Mickey Callaway likens Rosario's motion to that of Derek Jeter, whose bat speed allowed him to make those choices split seconds later than lesser hitters would.
"I think he's seeing the ball better," Callaway said of Rosario. "He's getting more and more confident that he's going to lay off tough pitches. And the main thing is when he gets his pitch, he doesn't miss it. It's real gratifying," Callaway said. "We spend a ton of time trying to work on the right things with these guys, and I think it's all paying dividends."
"Basically, what I'm doing is putting a lot of trust in myself," Rosario said through an interpreter. "I trust myself a lot more than in the beginning. I think that confidence in myself is everything." (DiComo - mlb.com - 9/6/18)
- As of the start of the 2020 season, Amed's career Major League stats were: .270 batting average, 28 home runs and 360 hits, with 133 RBI in 1,135 at-bats.
Amed has impressive fielding instincts, soft hands, plus range, arm strength, and the natural ability to make the backhand play at shortstop. His actions are both quick and fluid. He grades at 70 for his outstanding defense. And he gets a well-above-average 65 for his great arm.
Rosario is a very reliable shortstop. And, starting in 2017, he exhibits polish.
"One thing he learned this year (2017) was how to position himself,” Las Vegas manager Pedro Lopez said, “how to better learn swings and take control over the infield. Last year (2016), some of the errors he made were staying back on balls and relying too much on his arm.”
Rosario is a lean, rangy, athletic shortstop whose hands and arm improved during the 2016 season. (Spring, 2017)
Rosario makes playing the middle infield look easy. He has quick feet plus the range and superb body control to make all the plays. His hands are good and he can throw the ball from all angles very well.
Rosario is already a plus defender, but he can improve his efficiency by charging the ball more consistently to reduce hurried throws and errors. He slows the game down, makes the routine play look routine, and has the range (70 grade) and arm to make various spectacular plays.
Amed earns comparisons with Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias as a potential 70-grade defender on the 20-80 scouting scale. He combines a quick first step and premium range with plus arm strength and a knack for making the tough play. (Spring, 2017)
- His quick feet make him adept at turning the double play. He has worked hard on agility and believes he will stick at shortstop long-term.
“He’s just got all of the tools,” said Mets first-year big league bench coach Dick Scott, who formerly served as farm director. “His physicality is more pronounced this year than it’s been in the past. What he needs is just to have a really good season, because he’s been playing so much younger than the league he’s been in.”
Amed's speed gives his defensive game plenty of range to go along with his plus hands, footwork, and an arm that is both strong and accurate. In other words, he's a shortstop long-term, not one of these prospects who'll outgrow the position or who has a defensive deficiency that will force a move to second, third or the outfield. (Mayo - mlb.com - 8/1/17)
- Winning Best Defensive Shortstop honors is what Rosario does. In 2017, he picked up his fourth category win after claiming the same honor in the Eastern League (2016) and Florida State League (2015). (Baseball America Best Tools issue - August, 2017)
Amed has above-average speed, a 60 grade on the 20-80 scouting scale.
September 14, 2017: Amed Rosario isn't just the No. 1 prospect in baseball, according to MLBPipeline.com. He's also the fastest shortstop in baseball, according to both your eyes and now Statcast. Rosario qualified for the Sprint Speed leaderboards after scoring on a Jose Reyes single, and when he did, he entered as one of baseball's five fastest players. (Mike Petiello-MLB)
- In his first couple of years with the Mets, Rosario stole more than his share of bases. But he also got caught too often. (2019)
May 15, 2020: Who is the fastest on the Mets? Amed Rosario:
No surprises here: According to Statcast’s Sprint Speed metric, Rosario is the fastest Met, and it’s not particularly close. The 24-year-old’s sprint speed of 29.2 feet per second is tops on the team, followed by Brandon Nimmo at 28.5.
Billed as one of the game’s fastest prospects coming up through the Mets’ system, Rosario’s speed has manifested itself in extra-base hits more than stolen bases at this point in his career, though he has worked diligently with Mets coaches in an attempt to change that. Last year, Rosario was the only NL player to steal at least 19 bases and hit seven or more triples, though he also led the league in getting caught stealing 10 times.
Rosario will need to improve upon that if he wants to become the team’s leadoff hitter. Although Rosario regularly led off against lefties last season, he has not yet done enough offensively or on the basepaths to warrant taking the full-time job away from Nimmo or Jeff McNeil at this point. -- Anthony DiComo
July 2016: In Double A, Rosario was on the DL with a strained hamstring.
- March 4, 2019: Rosario departed a spring training game after being struck on the left hand by a pitch. However, X-rays came back negative. Rosario is day-to-day, and will return to the lineup as soon as the swelling on the outer region of his hand subsides. “I’m happy because it wasn’t something bad,” Rosario said through an interpreter. “To be honest, I don’t really have a lot of pain. It’s just a little bit tight right now.”