The Potential Tools: 60 glove, 60 arm, 55 run, 50 hit
Strengths: Projectable frame/body; easy fluid actions at shortstop; quick reads/reactions and transfer to plus arm; good range; clean footwork; flashy player at premium shortstop position; plus athlete; feel for hitting and barrel control; above-average bat speed; uses all fields; high baseball IQ.
Weaknesses: Aggressive approach; trouble laying off spin down in the zone; below-average power projection; projectable frame but concerns if he adds weight; timing can be inconsistent at the plate.
Role Ceiling: 50; major league regular shortstop.
Risk: Moderate; limited power projection; limited upper-minor league experience.
Summary: A flashy, toolsy, projectable shortstop with plus defense; above-average run and potential average hit tool are always fun to dream on. Rosario brings that type of flash and skillset to the table. He has above-average bat speed with a feel for using all fields with his line-drive oriented approach. While power will probably not factor into his game, Rosario certainly makes up for it with the other aspects of his game. He should start the year in Double-A and as long as his developmental path stays linear, he has a chance to be the Mets’ starting shortstop in the near future.