NEW YORK -- Among those taking their hacks during batting practice Monday at Citi Field was German Rosario, the 16-year-old Dominican shortstop the Mets signed to a record $1.75 million contract last month.
"I was kind of scared, kind of nervous," Rosario said through an interpreter. "But it's getting better."
Rosario, who named former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes as his favorite player, recently earned the highest bonus the Mets have ever given to an international player. A graduate of Centro Educativo Rosario High School in the Dominican, Rosario will report to the Mets' instructional camp this fall.
"It was good," the shortstop said of his first Citi Field experience, "but I need to keep working to get better."