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MMLN – Analyzing the Catchers

Francisco Pena needs to make a move in 2011

For Mets fans, the graduation of Josh Thole last year hopefully signified the organization's development of its catcher of the future. Behind Thole, there are a host of young catchers trying to establish themselves and possibly be the next catcher to follow Thole to New York. Look inside to see how the competition stacks up.

Closest to the Majors Mike Nickeas: It has been a long, trying road for Nickeas. He never stood out with numbers and does not have the stand out tool that allows him to differentiate himself behind the plate. However, what he does have is a very solid assortment of defensive tools, an excellent mind for the game and the trust of every pitcher in the system. He is as close to a coach on the... Recommended Stories