Amed Rosario is ready for his major league close up, and like Mets fans it appears he’s growing impatient with the club’s reluctance to promote him.
The Mets No. 1 prospect took to Twitter to express his feelings on Friday, temporarily posting a faux proposal that doubled as a plea to become the major league squad’s every day shortstop.
Here’s a screen shot of Rosario’s tweet, since it was predictably deleted a short time later.
The text read:
“On my knees and I Just want to propose to Queens — NY that is. AR = Amed is Ready #Facts #DontBeSurprisedBeReady..”
The 21-year-old shortstop is currently the No. 4 ranked prospect in all of MLB according to Baseball America, and he plays a position where the Mets could certainly use an upgrade. Yet general manager Sandy Alderson has remained dead set against promoting him, pointing out that one buzzy move wouldn’t magically make the team’s issues disappear.
“We want Rosario, we want (Dominic) Smith to come up under the best possible circumstances, and right now, we think the best thing for both of them is to continue to play at Las Vegas until the situation here clarifies one way or the other,” Alderson reiterated on Friday. “Either we’re back in the race and everybody’s clicking on all cylinders, or we’re not, and we make some other decisions. But right now, I just don’t think it’s the right time.”
Given the Mets injuries and struggles across the board, it’s pretty clear which direction this season will ultimately go. Still, Mets fans can’t help but wonder what the harm would be in promoting Rosario now since it’s apparent there’s nothing left for him to prove in the minor leagues.
Through 83 games at Triple A Las Vegas this season, Rosario has posted an impressive .327/.365/.474 batting line with seven homers, seven triples and 16 doubles. Meanwhile, the Mets have been rolling with Jose Reyes and his .215 batting average as of late at shortstop. Wilmer Flores and Asdrubal Cabrera are also in that mix, though Cabrera was recently moved primarily to second base, which prompted him to request a trade.
With all due respect to those players, they aren’t likely to move the needle one way or the other, whereas Rosario would at least pacify Mets fans while shedding a light on the team’s future.
Right now the Mets season is being defined by disappointment and drama. In fact, there’s so much of both it’s been difficult to keep track of it all. And it seems they’re destined for even more if they don’t promote Rosario sooner than later.
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