The long awaited arrival of the Mets number one prospect was finally realized Tuesday night as Amed Rosario left Las Vegas for his Major League debut in Denver.
In the unfriendly confines of Coors Field, the new rookie on the roster snaggd his first base hit, but a botched backhand grab of a ground ball at short set up the Rockies 5-4 walk-off win.
Rosario, known for his elite defensive skills, also had a hiccup in the fifth on a double-clutch toss to first, allowing Trevor Story to reach on an infield single that left no collateral damage.
The 21-year-old shortstop has brought an impressive batting resume´ from his tenure in Triple-A where he hit .328 with seven homers, and 58 RBIs with 19 stolen bases in 94 games.
His breakneck speed was evidenced in his infield single where he fled from Home-to-1st in 4.04 seconds.
Fellow Dominican and boyhood hero Jose Reyes showed Rosario the lay of the land from pregame lounging on a couch in the clubhouse to indoor drives in the batting cage. Their friendship has grown tremendously in the past few months, which has made a great impression on the young player.
“It’s been huge for me to have that with that sort of special human being,” Rosario said. “I never could have imagined I would be here at this level with him.”
Terry Collins is sure to disappoint some players with his line-up card, as his cluttered infield is reminiscent of the crowded outfield he dealt with early in the season.
Rosario will see some bench days ahead with the likes of Reyes, Neil Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, and Lucas Duda’s first base replacement, rookie Dominic Smith all vying for at-bats.
With the pressure of making the playoffs a thing of the past, it will be exciting to see the new Mets on the block strut their stuff in anticipation for a brighter future.