DENVER — The Mets may not have made a major splash at the trade deadline, but they dramatically changed their roster heading into Tuesday’s series-opener against the Rockies. Top prospect Amed Rosario will make his major league debut Tuesday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson announced after the deadline Monday.
Alderson said that Dominic Smith, the Mets’ first base prospect, would likely be up shortly after Rosario. He said they would likely re-evaluate next week.
Rosario, ranked the top prospect in the Mets system and the second-best in baseball my MLB.com, is hitting .328 with 58 RBI and seven home runs for Triple-A Las Vegas. He also has 19 stolen bases and is rated as an above-average defender.
Smith, also at Triple A, has hit .343 with 16 home runs and 33 doubles this season.
Alderson said that the Mets’ plan all along had been to bring up the 21-year old Dominican native in the first week in August. They had hoped to clear out potential playing time issues with their veteran infielders before moving him up.
“We wanted to get through the deadline and try to resolve some of the positional issues that we had,” Alderson said. “So, at the same time we were working our way through the deadline, we’ve seen that Cabrera has moved to second and ultimately to third, we think that Jose Reyes can play well at second, Walker can play some first base and second base. I think the flexibility that our existing infielders possess allows us to move some pieces around and give Amed a chance to play shortstop.
“It was a combination of just getting through the hullabaloo of the trade deadline, and then at the same time allowing some of our other players to get more familiar with some of the other positions. Plus, he’s (Rosario) continued to play really well.”
While the Mets failed to trade any of their infielders, an injury to T.J. Rivera has opened up some space. Wilmer Flores, who had been receiving more playing time of late, will apparently be back in his role as a utility infielder.
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