In July, I interviewed SS Amed Rosario. The Mets signed Rosario to a $1.75 million as a 16-year-old in 2012. Fast-forward all the way to 2013, where the 17-year-old hit .241/.279/.358 in 226 PA over 58 games with Kingsport in the Appalachian League.
Rosario is very young – every single at bat he hand in 2013 came against an older pitcher. He’s very raw with a swing that will need to be rebuilt before he reaches the big leagues. I’ll spend more time on that, with video in later posts. For now, enjoy this conversation that we conducted post-game, translated by KMets Manager Jose Leger.
TH: What do you think of the Appy League so far?
AR: I like it so far. I have struggles now and then, but I like it. I feel like I’m progressing, and getting used to it.
TH: What was the hardest thing about the early part of the year?
AR: The offense.
TH: Why was it hard?
AR: I was getting a lot of curveballs and not used to it. Now, I feel like I am getting a better rhythm.
TH: Had you ever seen that many curveballs before in the Dominican?
TH: Offensively, what do you work on, when you work in the cage with [Hitting Coach] Yunir [Garcia]?
AR: Trying to hit the ball the other way.
TH: How’s that going?
AR: Little by little, improving.
TH: What do you need to do, to hit the ball the other way?
AR: Let it get deep.
TH: Lets talk defense. What are you working on defensively?
AR: Getting in a good position to catch the ball, making sure my glove is ready every time.
TH: What else do you have to do to get better at the plate?
AR: Make sure that I give 100% everytime I’m on the field, because that’s the only way I can improve and get better.
TH: When you signed, was it a hard decision to sign with the Mets?
TH: How did signing with the Mets change your life?
AR: Everything. All aspects of my life changed.
TH: Your family, did you buy a new house? What changed?
AR: Bought a new house, a new car – a Four-Runner.
TH: What’s it like having a job – being a professional? [Note, full professional style, this interview was conducted after a game, and at this point, the fireworks show outside neared its loud and distracting finale.]
AR: Now, I have to me more careful with everything I do. I represent the team now. Some people, some kids, will look up to me because of the signing bonus and I represent the Mets.
TH: Did you always want to be a baseball player?
AR: I’ve been playing since I was two.
TH: Did your parents plat baseball?
AR: My dad played soccer (but not as a professional).
TH: How about the food, are you adjusting to the food?
AR: We cook at the hotel. Abreu, the catcher cooks.
TH: What’s the best thing that Abreu cooks?
[Rice with meat and together, pictured at right.]
TH: Who’s your best friend on the team?