I recently took a shot at Amed Rosario about Twitter, but this time he must be praised for his open letter to Mets fans on Twitter:
“Dear Mets fans,
We’ve grown and made it together! To God be ALL the glory. I’m grateful to share this moment with ALL of you, specially #Mets fans who have showered me with support. Things won’t always be perfect, but expect me to give you ALL of me, each and every day. Lets create long lasting memories in out CITI.
The kid from Los Mameyes,
Simply terrific. I’ve seen players write letters to fans when they leave a team, but never before his first game. A tremendous first impression.
Rosario will wear No. 1.
Joining Rosario is pitcher Chasen Bradford. To make room, Matt Reynolds was optioned and, of course, Addison Reed was traded to Boston.
Rosario was the Mets No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America at the beginning of the season and was currently ranked as the second-best prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com in their mid-season rankings. He was hitting.328 (129-393) with 19 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, 58 RBI 19 stolen bases, and 66 runs scored in 94 games at Triple A Las Vegas.
He is among the PCL leaders in hits (129, second), stolen bases (19, tied for third), triples (seven, tied for ninth) and batting average (.328, 10th). He had two 17-game hitting streaks with the 51s.
Rosario was signed by the Mets in 2012 out of the Dominican Republic. He was selected to the mid-season Pacific Coast League All-Star team as the starting shortstop, and has participated in the last two Futures Game at the All-Star Game.
REYES OUT: Shortstop Jose Reyes isn’t in tonight’s lineup, partly because of Rosario and partly because of a bruised left forearm from getting hit by a pitch Sunday in Seattle.
X-Rays were negative and it is hoped he can play tonight as a pinch-hitter.
The Mets will send Reyes’ X-ray results to New York for further evaluation.
Reyes is batting .226 with nine home runs and 13 stolen bases in 100 games.
Michael Conforto – CF: Is batting .333 with four homers and 33 RBI with RISP. … Is tied with Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, J.D. Martinez and Justin Smoak for the most homers since the break with seven.
Asdrubal Cabrera – 3B: Is batting .297 with six RBI and 12 runs scored since break. … Has 17 RBI with RISP.
Yoenis Cespedes – LF: Is hitting .278 with 15 RBI with RISP. … Has one homer in last 110 at-bats.
Jay Bruce – RF: Is hitting .307 with nine homers and 48 RBI with RISP. … Has reached base in 85 of 97 games played.
Neil Walker – 2B: Is hitting .392 with 24 RBI with RISP. … Lifetime .331 hitter vs. Rockies.
Wilmer Flores – 1B: Is hitting .204 with 19 RBI with RISP. … Has four homers and seven RBI in last 11 games.
Amed Rosario – SS: Makes ML debut after hitting .328 at Las Vegas. Will wear uniform No. 1.
Travis d’Arnaud – C: Is hitting .302 with six extra-base hits and 25 with RISP. … All of his nine homers have been hit on the road.
Steven Matz – LHP: Has lost three straight decisions, and has a 14.18 ERA in last four starts.