WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Amed Rosario’s first big league camp came to an end on Tuesday when the top prospect was included among six cuts announced by the Mets.
But manager Terry Collins said he’s seen enough from Rosario, 21, to believe the shortstop could be with the major-league team before season’s end.
“He’s got great poise, plays with energy, tremendous hands, he’s got arm strength,” Collins said. “[In] Batting practice — he didn’t show it in the games — but he’s got big power. He’s got a chance to be really, really good.”
Rosario hit .267 in Grapefruit League games. He’s ticketed to begin the season with Triple-A Las Vegas.
“I learned a lot this spring, a lot just from my teammates,” Rosario said through a translator.
Outfielder Wuilmer Beccera, righthanders Chris Flexen, Marcos Molina and Chase Bradford, and lefty Adam Wilk were among the other cuts.
Yoenis Cespedes cracked his fifth homer of the spring, a two-run shot that powered the Mets’ 2-1 win over the Astros.
“When I first saw this guy after we got down to Florida, he’s driven,” Collins said. “And he’s showing it right now.”
At the beginning of camp, Collins joked about taking the gray pants out of Cespedes’ locker, a reference to allowing the veteran to skip road trips in the spring. It is a common courtesy extended to players with experience. But Cespedes has pushed the manger to travel, including to the game against the Astros.
Said Collins: “He wants to play and he wants to make sure he’s ready.”
Mets officials have sent word of their displeasure about Jeurys Familia’s usage with the Dominican Republic’s team at the World Baseball Classic, a source confirmed.
Familia pitched three times in four days for the Dominican Republic, a heavy workload that is unusual for this time of the year. According to a published report, those appearances raised red flags with the Mets.
One day after recording his first Grapefruit League hit, Tim Tebow flew out in his only plate appearance against the Astros.
After entering as a defensive replacement in the fifth, Tebow squared up a 96-mph offering from reliever Michael Felix, only to watch it get run down in left. Yet, Tebow received a warm ovation, even after watching his average fall to .091 (1-for-11) in four exhibition games.
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