It has been a while since the Mets have had legitimate offensive production out of the catcher position. On this date 16 years ago, Mike Piazza hit a game-winning home run against the Braves just ten days after 9/11. While expecting Piazza numbers out of your catcher, or anyone for that matter, is unreasonable, is 2006 Paul Lo Duca too much to ask for?
In the month of September, Mets catchers are putting on a show the team hasn’t seen in years. Travis d’Arnaud, Kevin Plawecki, and Tomas Nido have combined for a .304/.364/.532 slash line in the month of September. That .895 OPS ranks third in the majors behind the Mariners (1.089) and the Rangers (.966). Here is how they have hit individually:
- d’Arnaud: .310/.348/.619 (13-for-42) with 3 HR, 4 2B, 10 RBI, 2 BB
- Plawecki: .265/.359/.412 (9-for-34) with 1 HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 5 BB
- Nido: .667/.667/.667 (2-for-3) with 0 HR, 1 RBI
Sandy Alderson, among others in the Mets organization, have voiced their continued support for Travis d’Arnaud as 2018 every-day starting catcher. However, after hitting .328/.375/.514 in 64 games at Triple-A and his continuing to produce at the major league level, Kevin Plawecki is building a strong case to get plenty of playing time.
Each of these players, mostly d’Arnaud and Plawecki, will get plenty of playing time for the rest of this season as well as spring training next year. Nido is going to play in the Arizona Fall League as well which should help his development.
While the month of September is a small sample size, it’s nice to see these young players finally start to figure things out.
With continued success, the Mets might be able to get sustained production out of the catcher position — something they haven’t had in a long time and would allow them to address other glaring needs this offseason.