Now that the 2017 season is over for the New York Mets, we have been looking back at the year that was. After taking a more general view of the offense, pitching, and coaching staff, it’s time to take a look back at the Mets’ players. This series will take a look at every player on the active roster for the Mets at the end of season from A (Nori Aoki) to W (David Wright). The review will look at their season statistics, stories, and what role (if any) they will have next season. We continue our series today with a look at catcher Tomas Nido.
Player Review: Tomas Nido
Minor Leagues: 102 Games, 367 At Bats, 85 Hits, 19 Doubles, 1 Triple, 8 Home Runs, 60 RBI’s, 41 Runs Scored, .232 Batting Average, .641 OPS
Major Leagues: 5 Games, 10 At Bats, 3 Hits, 1 Double, 3 RBI’s, .300 Batting Average, .700 OPS
Story: After winning a batting title for High-A St. Lucie last season, the Mets decided to put Tomas Nido on their 40 man roster to protect him from the Rule V draft. Nido didn’t make a strong impression in spring training, so the Mets assigned him to AA Binghamton to start the season. The jump from Single-A to AA was tough for Nido, as he hit only .232 in 102 games for the Rumble Ponies, but he was still thought highly of in baseball circles. Nido earned an invitation to the All Star Futures Game in Miami, and he impressed there by going 2 for 2 with a pair of RBI’s for the World team. The Mets decided to promote Nido to the major leagues in September, where he served as the third catcher for the season’s final month. Nido only got into five games, but he did collect three hits in ten at bats, including his first big league RBI’s.
It’s not fair to grade Nido after only five games of big league action, although he did show some promise in his limited opportunities.
Contract Status: Pre-Arbitration Eligible
Odds of Returning: 100%
2018 Role: Third Catcher
Nido, who has excellent defensive skills, has a chance to be the Mets’ catcher of the future. The Mets appear committed to giving the platoon of Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki another year behind the plate, so Nido should start the season in Triple-A. Nido will likely spend the majority of the season there and could be a factor in the team’s 2019 plans depending on how d’Arnaud and Plawecki perform.
Check back tomorrow as our Player Review Series continues with a look at outfielder Brandon Nimmo!