Let’s start off by wishing a belated Happy Birthday to Tomas Nido who turned 24 on April 12th. I’m sure he wasn’t wishing for anyone to get hurt, but its a pretty awesome gift to get called up to the majors right before your birthday and just became an important piece to the Mets 2018 season.
The Mets lost their two primary catchers for some significant time. Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki, who have been platooning at catcher during the Mets hot start, are both hitting the DL. After d’Arnaud started feeling discomfort in his elbow, he got an MRI that revealed a slight tear in his UCL. His season is officially over since he decided to get Tommy John surgery on his elbow. It’s another tough break for Travis who has hit the DL before May each of the last 5 seasons. Dude can’t stay healthy. He becomes a FA in 2020 and honestly at this point I wouldn’t expect the Mets to bring him back. Plawecki was hit by a pitch against the Marlins and the x-ray revealed a broken hand. He isn’t gonna be out as long as d’Arnaud and will most likely come back in about 3 weeks.
So what do the Mets do at catcher? There have been some reports of Mets going out and making a trade for someone like Jonathan Lucroy or JT Realmuto. I think JT is a great player and one of the best hitting catcher in the game right now, but I don’t think the Mets have the farm system to go out and get him.
For immediate relief the Mets have promoted Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido. Lobatón is the veteran catcher in his ninth season. He is more of an emergency promotion for the time. He’s a guy was never known for his hitting with a career line of .219/.295/.325.
But Nido is an interesting option that the Mets need to really consider. A 24 year old catcher from Puerto Rico, Nido is more known for his defensive abilities than his hitting. His career slashing line is .261/.305/.372, but it’s important to note he obviously still developing. If he can hit close to what d’Arnaud did last year, .244/.293/.443, it would obviously be a step up. One of the biggest problems the Mets have had in the past few years has been holding runners and allowing stolen bases. As of right now the Mets pitchers hold 5 spots in top 20 steals allowed. Including the top 2 being Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard with 6 and 4 steals allowed. Having Nido behind the plate gives the Mets the best chance at throwing runners out.
He may not be a great hitter at this moment but if he can produce close to the mediocrity that we’ve had at catcher the past few years, his plus defense makes him a great option at catcher.
Do you guys think the Mets should give Nido the opportunity to hold a position at catcher? Let us know in the comments, and as always Lets Go Mets.