Part 21 in a series analyzing the New York Mets.
It’s been a long time since Amed Rosario was the Mets’ top prospect.
Now that distinction belongs to Ronny Mauricio, the 19-year-old who finished last season at Class-A Columbia.
Since the Mets signed Rosario for $1.75 million in 2012, he’s shown glimpses of promise, like when he blossomed as a 20-year-old at Double-A Binghamton in 2016.
But those flashes have been infrequent, and he’s yet to establish himself as anything but an average player.
There’s still hope, with Rosario just 24 and with two full seasons in the majors under his belt, but he is on the clock.
Because though Rosario is young and coming off a season in which he made noticeable improvements on both sides of the ball, the Mets could have some intriguing options at the position in the near future.
Mauricio has yet to prove he can hit as a pro and another infield prospect, Andres Gimenez, 21, reached Double-A Binghamton in 2019 and also struggled at the plate at that level.
Aside from potential homegrown competition, Rosario could also be displaced by someone from outside the organization.
As The Post’s Joel Sherman…