Mets Catcher Fix: If Realmuto isn’t an option

By Angelina Heather Rizzo

If the New York Mets do not get JT Realmuto this off-season, and Yadier Molina isn’t coming to Queens, or even a guy like James McCann, here’s how the Mets can avoid embarrassment at the catcher position and pull off the win.

The Mets sometimes get irrational and make moves out of desperation, so trading for a catcher instead of signing one in free agency isn’t what I’m suggesting here. I’m suggesting they take the home grown approach and look within their farm system.

It may be a move that you wouldn’t think about because you obviously want a big name catcher, but, if all else fails and you are running out of options, you can try to develop home grown talent.

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Calling up Austin Bossart or David Rodriguez or even second overall prospect Francisco Alvarez especially, in particular Alvarez, couldn’t hurt the team if it’s only for an experiment or for until a better catcher is made available to the team. Who knows? You might find a hidden treasure in one of them at the catcher position down the road.

In 2019, Alvarez, for two teams, hit 7 home runs and 26 batted in with a .312 batting average.

In 2019, Bossart hit 7 home runs and 29 RBI’s with a .200 batting average for Binghamton. He was on two teams in 2019.

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As for David Rodriguez, he hit 7 home runs and 34 RBI’s with a .225 batting average. He was on two teams as well in 2019.

While these stats are small and not at all good or significant, the Mets could develop one or more of these players. Sometimes all you need is a little patience.

Here’s a look at the obviously better with the bat Realmuto’s 2020:

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In 2020, Realmuto hit 11 home runs and 32 RBI’s with a .266 batting average.

In 2020, Yadier Molina hit 4 home runs and 16 RBI’s with a .262 batting average.

In 2020, James McCann hit 7 home runs and drove in 15 with a .289 batting average.

You obviously want a guy like Realmuto over McCann and McCann over Molina, and Molina over the homegrown options at the moment.

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Currently behind the plate is Tomás Nido, and here’s a look at Nido’s 2020.

In 2020, Nido hit 2 home runs and drove in 6 runs with a .292 batting average. His batting average was nice, but, the Mets need a better option at catcher in the grand scheme of things.

To say the least, trying new things won’t hurt, especially if it’s not for long. I say they deserve a chance, especially if all else fails.

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Photo from Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

3 comments

  1. Interesting ideas. You could also include Lefty Power hitting catcher Patrick Mazeika who is on the 40 man roster and can also play 1B.

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  2. Suzuki is a good defensive catcher with a good arm plus he will hit around 250 so he could be the starting catcher to Nido’s backup backstop. Mazeika is a viable catching option should Suzuki or Nido get hurt. Neither Alvarez, Bossart or Rodriguez are ready for the Majors. The Guy that might make AA, then AAA in 2021 is a fellow named Matt Senger who has a decent batting average, and is a good defensive catcher with a good arm. Unfortunately the Mets do not have a CF in the high minors that can help in 2021. This leaves the Mets holding the bag since George Springer is either signing with the Blue Jays or the Red Sox. Sandy Alderson is a slow moving dinosaur so Cohen, and the Mets will be watching lots of free agents slip through their free agent desires, and trade worthy hands. I’ve been saying this all along trade Davis for Buxton, and at least the Mets will have a righty hitting skilled defensive CFer who knows how to steal a base. If they don’t trade for Buxton than they have a choice between Kevin Pillar or Jackie Bradley, Jr. Sign Osuna to DH, and play a little LF, sign LeMaiehu to play 2B, 3B, and a little 1B too. The Mets must sign Bauer another 3 slot starter otherwise the 2021 season might be a big FAILURE.

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