by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We all know the Mets are on the lookout for an upgrade at catcher, and while Tomas Nido isn’t going to make an impact in 2017 could he earn the label of “catcher of the future”? He certainly gave us reason to believe in 2016, playing the season at High-A:
.320 (110-344), 7 HR, 46 RBI, 38 R
His defense isn’t a big question, it’s his bat that had everyone concerned. However he took a monumental leap last season in his plate discipline, going from a 25.7% strikeout rate to an 11.4% mark despite the jump in competition.
That helped to justify the average improvement, as there wasn’t a big increase in luck (.332 BABIP To .344). He also showed a bit of power potential, adding 23 doubles and 2 triples. The improvement in his approach, with the chance to gain some power, certainly should have the 22-year old on all prospect maps.
MLB.com helped to explain his improvements, saying this mid-year:
“When Nido was drafted, he was known mostly for his raw power. He would often sell out for power, trying to pull everything with an all-or-nothing swing from the right side of the plate. He’s improved his overall approach, cutting down his strikeouts considerably while trying to use all fields more consistently. Strongly built, Nido’s work behind the plate has also improved in 2016, a year after he was charged with 14 errors. He’s throwing out baserunners at a higher rate while working to improve his receiving and game-calling skills.”
It’s clear that the adjustments have stuck, and as the former eighth round pick matures it’s possible he maintains the strikeouts while adding power. That’s would be an impressive combination, especially at the catching position.
While he may not be there yet, the potential is absolutely there. Keep a close eye on him, as a strong start at Double-A will cause his prospect status to explode.
Current Grade – B-
Sources – Fangraphs, MILB.com, MLB.com
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Grade A – Elite Prospects (aka potential future perennial All-Stars)
Grade B – Above Average Prospects (aka above average Major Leaguers, could develop into a potential All-Star)
Grade C – Average Prospects (aka solid, though unspectacular)
Grade D – Nothing More Than Roster Filler
Grade F – Move On
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