It’s been about a week again since we’ve returned to this series and during that time the Mets have traded prospects in this guide book including #3 Justin Dunn (setting up for an awkward article in two weeks) and #25 Gerson Bautista. That’s a sign that I need to kick these posts into a high-gear-blog-post-turning-out-machine or risk more awkward writing by the end of the month.
Just like #13 Gavin Cecchini, you already know the #12 prospect in the Mets system – Tomas Nido.
Going into the 2017 season, Nido was way down the depth chart. He was in the system for a while at that point and 2017 was going to be his first time moving up to Double A (which had to happen because he impressed with his bat in St Lucie in 2016, more on that later). The goal going into 2017 was that d’Arnaud was finally going to be healthy and he would platoon with Plawecki who finally find his solid swing that aided him so well at every level except the big leagues.
Travis impressed, until he went down with an injury. Plawecki didn’t take full advantage of this period, also Rene Rivera was having a resurgence that as the season slipped away from the team, people were hoping would lead to a prospect or something at the deadline (that wouldn’t happen). So Nido got a cup of coffee at the end of 2017.
Similar story last year – d’Arnaud struggled with health. Plawecki was good but not good enough to turn heads and Nido in turn got a longer look.
As Baseball America points out, the question about Nido has always been his bat. He’s seen as a plus defensive catcher with pop but doesn’t get on base enough. This changed in 2016 when he got the batting title in St Lucie after hitting .320/.357/.459 while still being 0.8 years below the average age of a player at that level.
In 34 games and 90 PA’s last year he hit only .167/.200/.238 at the major league level. (He spent the bulk of his time at Binghamton though where he hit .274/.298/.437). Nido’s spot on the Mets this year completely depends on who the team signs. If they sign another catcher on the market, and keep d’Arnaud then Nido will have to split playing time with one of d’Arnaud or Plawecki at Syracuse If the Mets don’t sign anyone, then Nido will get the bulk of the Syracuse playing time and will probably be called to the majors sooner than later with the Mets injury history.
Baseball America concludes their Nido section by calling an ideal backup catcher, and that’s definitely where the Mets see him and need him in 2019.