The current state of the Mets catching in the system leaves room for anyone to grab the advantage on…
MMLN – Analyzing the Catchers
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 field as there can be and all of those elements make him an attractive stop-gap option until Ronny Paulino is ready or in the event of an injury. While Nickeas' future in the big leagues may be limited, it would not surprise me to see him end up as a coach in this organization once his playing days are over. Highest Ceiling Kai Gronauer: The German import is another player whose development has not come that quickly, but over the last season and a half Gronauer has established himself as a guy who could at least hold down a backup job at the highest level. Though he's more of a quality bat-on...
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