“Piazza was my guy. I used to love watching him. I liked watching Jose Reyes, too, when I was younger. When he was coming up, he was always exciting. David [Wright] came up around the same time as well. I remember ’99 and 2000 a lot. It was something they hadn’t done in a while, and it was exciting to watch.”
Maron, 21, had a breakthough season in 2011 when he won the Mets’ Sterling Award for being the top performer with Kingsport last season.
After a slow start this season for Low-A Savannah, he has roared back and is now batting .305/.393/.413 in 356 plate appearances.
I spoke with Pete Shapiro about him last week and he says Maron is now the number one catcher in the Mets system and is among the Mets’ top hitting prospects as well.
Maron was a 34th-round pick in 2009 out of Hicksville High School. The left-handed backstop is expected to grow more power as he fills out and has a natural, level swing that covers a lot of the plate. Defensively he is very solid and getting better.
“I caught from a young age. Since I was eight I’ve been catching,” Maron said. “It all started, I guess, when I was bored doing the outfield or whatever we were doing back in Little League. I guess I wanted to be involved in a lot more action. My dad decided to throw me back there one day, and the rest is history. I’ve loved it ever since. You’re involved in every play. You’re touching the ball every time it’s in play.”
“I take a lot of pride in my mental ability behind the plate — knowing hitters, knowing situations, pitch calling and things like that,” he continued. “Having a good memory of those things really helps. It’s something that not a lot of people can see physically. Only people who are attentive to the game or on the inside are the ones that can see it, which is sometimes tough. I really take a lot of pride in that. It really helps out the pitchers, and they appreciate that.”
Maron will be bumped to St. Lucie next season where he will be one to watch.