Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario will play in the MLB Futures game during the All-Star break, taking the spot of suspended Yankees prospect Jorge Mateo.
Rosario, 20, will become the third Mets shortstop to make the futures game, joining Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores. After entering the season ranked as the 58th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, The Dominican native has enjoyed the best season of his career. He hit .309/.359/.442 in 290 plate appearances for High-A Port St. Lucie before catching fire in Binghamton last month. Through 15 Double-A games, Rosario is hitting .400 with five doubles and a pair of triples.
In their midseason top 50 prospect list released today, Baseball Prospectus ranked Rosario as baseball’s 15th overall prospect, praising his athleticism and potential on both sides of the ball, while noting his approach and swing could falter against better pitching. In trade talks this summer, the Mets have said Rosario is all but untouchable.
Mateo, also a shortstop and number 29 on BP’s list, was suspended for two weeks after reportedly complaining to Yankees executives about not receiving a promotion to Double-A.
Rosario joins first baseman Dominic Smith, the Mets’ top pick in 2014, and second baseman Dilson Herrera at the Futures contest. The Futures game will take place at Petco Park at 7 PM EDT on Sunday, July 10, two days before the MLB All-Star game.