Each year Baseball America ranks the players with the best tools in each division of the minor leagues. Last year, Amed Rosario‘s name was all over the lists for both the Florida State and Eastern Leagues. This year, Rosario has been even better, and to a surprise to no one, his tools were once again ranked highly. Overall, Rosario’s name appeared three times, which was more than anyone else in the Pacific Coast League. The three categories for which Rosario was rated as having the best tools were:
- Best Batting Prospect
- Best Defensive Shortstop
- Best Infield Arm
As Mets fans, we have seen some of those tools in action since Rosario’s call-up to the majors. He became the first Mets shortstop to hit two triples in his first three games. He has already made plays on balls Mets fans have not seen a shortstop make since Rey Ordonez, and he has flashed off his arm strength to boot.
Rosario would be the only Las Vegas 51 to make the list. However, former Mets pitching prospect John Gant made the list for having the best change-up. Gant was traded by the Mets in 2015 with Robert Whalen to obtain Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe.