Riding the wave of his strong second half and stolen base upside, Amed Rosario shot up the draft boards in November and December. Then, the Mets kept adding to the lineup and announced Rosario would hit seventh or eighth. Sounding the sad trombone, Rosario’s stock dropped as a result. New York could move him to ninth to ensure Rosario sees more fastballs, but hitting ahead of the pitcher could quell his stolen base totals.

Last year, Rosario appeared in 154 games with 76 runs, nine home runs, 51 RBI, 24 stolen bases and a .256/.295/.381 slash line. Rosario finished with a 4.9 percent walk rate and a 20.1 percent strikeout rate. His O-Swing (41.2 percent) raises some concern which aligns with worrying about hitting in front of the pitcher. Would Rosario see fewer fastballs? He hit .295 against the pitch according to Statcast with a .309 expected average.

Rosario recorded a 76 percent contact rate and caught fire in the second half. With 72 hits after the All-Star break and 32...