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Saturday, February 17, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: AMED ROSARIO SS NEW YORK METS

Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager......Amed Rosario?  The "Big Three" at the top of the shortstop rankings when it comes to 2018 fantasy baseball is no doubt an immense collection of superstar names that are all capable of first-round standing in drafts this spring and this trio also is ushering in a new era of the star shortstop that brings to mind the revolution begun under Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Derek Jeter.  Just like Miguel Tejada soon became a fourth member of that star threesome, New York Mets sophomore shortstop Amed Rosario is aiming to place his name alongside Lindor, Correa, and Seager as soon as this season.  Still just 22-years-old, Rosario has universal acclaim as a top shortstop prospect who profiles as someone who could be a five-category star real soon and his 2018 fantasy baseball outlook shines bright despite some issue that do in fact need to be ironed out before reaching such lofty heights.  Be that as it may, Rosario really started to show off his talents last season when he went out and put up the following numbers at Triple-A:

.328
7 HR
58 RBI
66 R
19 SB

The power/speed game was very evident here and the .328 average also showed that Rosario could handle the strike zone with aplomb as well.  Mets fans and Rosario's fantasy baseball owners were hollering for his promotion as early as last May but it wasn't until August when the call came.  As expected, Rosario struggled at times during his debut but he again showed tantalizing tools:

.248
4 HR
10 RBI
16 R
7 SB

Right now the steals and speed are the top tools that Rosario will bring to the 2018 fantasy baseball table and the power is also starting to reveal itself as well.  Nothing we have seen so far has suggested Rosario won't reach his five-tool heights but things need to be tempered a bit for this season.  For starter's, Rosario will likely bat eighth to begin the year and this is a dreaded lineup spot to be in considering the pitcher will bat right behind him and thus offer no protection.  In addition, Rosario really needs to get to work on his patience as his 1.8 BB/9 and 28.8 K/9 rates were simply ridiculous in his 46 games with the team last season.  Yes, the talent is obvious but there will likely be some more growing pains on the way to stardom for Rosario this season.  This needs to be factored into his fantasy baseball draft cost and automatically assuming top 10 production right out of the gate would be silly.  Instead, take a patient approach with Rosario where you draft a backup or complement at the position to get through the inevitable Rosario struggles and by the second half, things should be a lot better in terms of production.

2018 PROJECTION:  .259 11 HR 48 RBI 77 R 22 SB  


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