Get To Know A Spring Training Invitee: Johnny Monell

In November the Mets added to their minor league catching depth by signing Johnny Monell to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The Mets are going to go in 2015 with d’Arnaud as the starter and Recker as the backup. I think it is safe to assume that if anything happened to d’Arnaud that would impact his playing time for a significant amount of time, the Mets would call on Plawecki. If anything happens to Recker though, that position is up for grabs to some degree.

So Monell will be coming to camp to compete for the back up for the back up position. From the Bronx, Johnny was drafted in 2005 by the Giants, drafted by the Mets in 2006 and drafted again by the Giants in 2007. 2013 was the only time he saw some major league playing time recording a hit, scoring 2 runs in 8 AB’s. Later his contract was purchased by the Orioles. The following year, 2014, his contract was purchased by the Dodgers.

In the minors he is a career .264 hitter with a .347 OBP and a .448 SLG, whichisn’t bad for a catcher. Last year he hit .238 with a .301 OBP and a .364 SLG, which was a significant drop from his previous slash line of .275/.364/.494.

For the Mets, Monell is useful to have in the system. If something happens to Recker, it wouldn’t be wise to go to Plawecki. If d’Arnaud needs to miss limited time, it may not be worth it to bring Plawecki up. Monell provides an interesting solution, as long as he gets on the 40 man, which currently only has Recker and d’Arnaud.

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