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SS/OF Amed Rosario

2021 age:26
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Height:6’2
Weight:190
Options:2
Contract status:ARB 2: Projected $5 mil by MLB Trade Rumors

2021 stats

PAAVG/OBP/SLG2B3BHRSB/SBAK%/BB%wRC+fWAR
588.282/.321/.4092561113/1320.4%/5.3%992.7

2021 in review: Acquired from the New York Mets in the Francisco Lindor trade, Amed Rosario became the most successful of the trade assets so far from that deal. Appearing in 141 games, Rosario led the team in batting average for players who appeared in over 70 games with a .282 average. Rosario started the season in the outfield, but an injury to Andreas Gimenez early on in the year forced him to his natural position in shortstop. After that, Rosario became one of the more consistent hitters in Cleveland’s lineup and looks to once again be that in 2022.

4/28/21 Amed Rosario homers to left

Offensive impact: Rosario had his second-best batting average of his career in 2021 when he batted .282, which was the most consistent on the team. There were times where Rosario would go cold, and others when he would be blistering hot. For example, Rosario led the MLB for the most games in 2021 with at least four hits. He did this six times last season. Rosario also had 37 multi-hit games in 2021, which tied him with Jose Ramirez for most on the team. Rosario led Cleveland with 155 hits last season as well, while also leading the team with six triples.

Defensive impact: Rosario has never been looked at as an amazing shortstop, and the statistics don’t do much to support him either. According to ESPN, in 121 games at shortstop in 2021, Rosario had a fielding percentage of .976, which ranked him 14th among starting shortstops in the MLB last season. His range factor came in at 3.57, 18th among shortstops. The worst statistic of them all was his -0.2 DWAR (Defensive wins above replacement) which ranked 94th among all shortstops who played in 2021. One thing working in Rosario’s favor is he also got time at third, second and center field in 2021, so he’s versatile in the field. According to Manager Terry Francona, Rosario will be bounced around where they need him in 2022.

08-09-2021 Amed Rosario triples to LF Jesse Winker

Beyond the stats: Rosario’s best month of 2021 was easily August, where he hit .372 for the month with four home runs. He has a very high .422 BABIP (Batting average on balls in play) and a 13.3 home run to fly ball ratio. He did this despite him only having a barreled balls percentage of 2.2. He doesn’t draw many walks, just 31 in 588 plate appearances. He’s someone that gets on base more through his hitting rather than by walks or hit by pitches.

2022 role: On a team with not great hitting, they were 21st in the MLB in 2021 for team batting average with .238, Rosario was the only one that hit over .280. Even Cleveland’s best hitter, Jose Ramirez, hit .266. Along with Ramirez and Franmil Reyes, Rosario will be looked at as one of the top three hitters for this Guardians ball club. Expect him to remain in the 2 spot in the batting order as he did last season. Defensively, it’s anyone’s guess if he’ll remain shortstop or if they’ll move him around like they plan. Rosario is always a threat on the base path as well, being a big reason why Cleveland was third in the MLB in stolen bases in 2021.

Fantasy impact: Rosario is someone that is not going to blow you away with his stats. Being second in the lineup, he’s all about getting on base and stealing when he needs too. He’s someone that can be a reliable player off the bench, but there are better shortstops available to take.

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