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Scouting Mets' Prospect #43: Joe Hietpas

Hietpas Is A Tremendous Defensive Catcher

The New York Mets selected catcher Joseph Hietpas with their 16th round draft choice in the 2001 draft out of Northwestern University and has earned a reputation in the Mets' farm system as one of the best defensive catchers in professional baseball. It's his defensive prowess behind the dish that has ranked Hietpas #43 among the Top 50 Mets' prospects.

Vital Statistics: Name: Joseph Hietpas Position: Catcher DOB: May 1, 1979 Height: 6'3" Weight: 220 Bats: Right Throws: Right As perhaps the top defensive catching prospect in the Mets farm system, Joe Hietpas knows his catch-and-throw abilities are the key to eventually re-open the door to the major leagues. After getting into one game as a member of the 2004 Mets, catching the final inning...

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