FanGraphs released its list of baseball’s top 100 prospects for 2017, and shortstop Amed Rosario once again was the Mets’ highest-ranked prospect, this time at number three.
Robert Gsellman, who wasn’t on some other lists, came in next at number 39. He was followed by Dominic Smith, Justin Dunn, and shortstop Andres Gimenez who were ranked 73, 77, and 82, respectively.
Comparing MLB.com, Baseball Prospectus, Baseball America, ESPN, and now FanGraphs, Rosario has been universally well regarded both offensively and defensively, and he has landed in the top ten on every list. So far this spring, he has made a positive impression with both his teammates and coaches at the major league level.
All of the players on FanGraphs’ list ranked in Amazin’ Avenue’s top twenty-five Mets prospects going into the season, with Rosario first, Gsellman second, Smith fifth, Dunn eighth, and Gimenez thirteenth. Here’s what Greg Karam had to say about Rosario at the time:
Rosario is the total package. He can hit, he can run, and he can field. His bat is one the quickest I’ve seen, allowing him to hit balls in any quadrant of the zone. His patience has improved, and he now draws his fair share of walks. With the way he swings the bat, I can see him developing into above-average power if he adds some muscle to his frame. And if he does add some muscle, I’m not concerned about him having to move off short because he’s a plus runner and an excellent defender. He has the potential to be an all-star caliber major leaguer. In short, Rosario is the shortstop of the future, and I expect the future to begin in 2017.