New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced shortly after Major League Baseball's trade deadline on Monday that the team's top prospect, shortstop Amed Rosario, will make his big-league debut on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies.
Rosario will bat seventh in his first-ever game as he shared his excitement with Mets fans leading up to the game:
— Amed Rosario (@Amed_Rosario) August 1, 2017
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Ranked as baseball's second-best prospect, Rosario has been patiently waiting for his call up to the majors while playing in triple-A Las Vegas. The 21-year-old is batting .328 with seven home runs, 58 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
A crowded Mets infield has not made it easy for Rosario to make the jump as the team already sports Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, T.J. Rivera and Neil Walker, among others.
While New York was sellers at the deadline, trading away reliever Addison Reed and first baseman Lucas Duda, it was unable to make a deal for Cabrera, which would have made it easier to bring Rosario up.
Regardless, it was expected that the young infielder would join the Mets shortly after the trade deadline.
Alderson noted that Reyes can play some second base and the team could put Walker at first in order to give Rosario playing time at either short or second.