Amed Rosario, the top prospect in the New York Mets’ organization, was among the players named on Wednesday as starters for the 2017 Triple-A All-Star Game. Rosario, the only member of the Las Vegas 51s selected, will get the nod at shortstop for the game that will be played on July 12 in Tacoma.
It’s another award in Rosario’s illustrious minor league career, which includes two other all-star selections, in Brooklyn in 2014 and in St. Lucie in 2016. He was also named to the Futures Game in 2016 while with Binghamton.
However, Rosario’s first half statistics in those seasons do not come close to the beating that he has put on Pacific Coast League pitchers through three months in 2017. In 310 at-bats entering Wednesday, Rosario was hitting .316/.357/.471 with seven home runs and 49 RBI. The long ball total is already two more than his previous career high.
In his fifth professional season, the 21-year-old holds career numbers of .287/.333/.403 with 17 home runs, 196 RBI, and 54 stolen bases.
While Rosario’s success is something the 51s should be proud of, the same cannot be said of the overall team performance. At 30-48, Las Vegas finds themselves with the second-worst record in the Pacific Coast League, and their statistics as a group are also near the bottom in most categories.