Amed Rosario, SS, Cleveland Indians
In a similar point to Emmanuel Clase’s strong month of August, Amed Rosario‘s performance was just as intriguing. While this isn’t the first time we’ve talked about Rosario’s August – and it shouldn’t be given how great of a month it was – it’s hard to look at the month and not mention what Rosario was able to accomplish.
Leading up to August, Rosario had been steady. He wasn’t exactly jumping off the stat sheet and his fielding had been questioned. However, he silenced basically every critic out there in August, both offensively and defensively.
Starting in the field, Rosario had just one error in August, coming in the first game of the month. Since then, he’s been perfect, carrying that stretch into September. We’ve known already this season that his bat was solid, but his glove had some concerns. Now, it’s seemingly like he’s settling in at shortstop and could find a home there moving forward.
As for the plate, Rosario was one of the best hitters not only for Cleveland, but in all of baseball. Rosario was able to slash .372/.397/.584 with eight doubles, two triples, four home runs and 20 RBI. The only downside is that he struck out 21 times with just six walks.
While August was an explosive outing at the plate, it isn’t exactly an anomaly for Rosario. He hit above .300 in May and fell just shy of the mark in June as well. That means we’ll probably see him fall back to Earth a bit to close the season, but it might only be a handful of notches below what we saw in August.