After all the hype that came with being evaluated at the top of the various prospect lists, Amed Rosario wasn’t the instant sensation the Mets had hoped for last summer, lacking plate discipline as a hitter and consistency at shortstop. So now the question is whether he was overhyped or simply needs time to blossom into a star. With that in mind, is it significant that assistant GM J.P. Ricciardi’s first response when I asked about Rosario on Sunday seemed meant to temper expectations? “He doesn’t have to be a star,” Ricciardi said. “He just needs to be himself.” Or is it more significant that new manager Mickey Callaway, seeing Rosario for the first time here in spring training, can’t help but think of Francisco Lindor, the All-Star shortstop for the Indians? Speaking of Rosario’s flaws that surfaced during his two months in the big leagues, Callaway said: “That’s what you get when you have a young guy that can be a superstar one day. We saw the same things with Lindor when he first came up. “You’d see him making the spectacular plays, then all of the sudden, a routine play, and he just doesn’t concentrate on his footwork and, boom, it’s an error.” It wasn’t a long learning curve for Lindor, however, which Callaway saw as pitching coach for the Indians. He made an impact immediately, hitting .313 with 22 doubles, 12 home runs and an .835 OPS in 99 games his rookie season of 2015. “He figured it out quick,” Callaway said with a smile. Rosario, meanwhile, in 46 games hit .248 with a .276 on-base percentage and a .665 OPS.
After Amed Rosario was hyped up, Mets quietly wondering if shortstop will ever live up to high expectations
New York Daily News | Feb 26