The Mets have recalled top catching prospect Tomas Nido from Double-A Binghamton, it was announced Tuesday.
Nido, who will be making his big league debut, hit .232/.287/.354 with eight HR and 60 RBI in 102 games this season for Binghamton.
The 23-year-old Nido, who represented the Mets at All-Star weekend during this year's Futures Game, has hit .261/.304/.371 in six minor league seasons.
He threw out 45.1 percent of potential base stealers (23 of 51) this year for Binghamton, noted Michael Mayer.
"I always take pride in my catching," Nido explained to SNY contributor Adam Rubin earlier this month. "I started off not so good throwing guys out, and it picked up as the season got going and I started getting back in the game scenario, and being back there every day once I felt 100 percent. I did have a shoulder issue a little bit during the season. Once that was taken care of, I finally was good to go and things fell back into place."
Nido said one of the things he was looking to improve was his strike-zone discipline.
"This year I had a lot of inconsistency," he concluded. "I think the biggest thing will be handling my plate discipline a little better and not swinging at many pitches out of the zone early in the count (next season). I've just got to keep working on being aggressive and under control."
After the season ends, Nido is expected to play for the Mets this October in the Arizona Fall League.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): Nido is just 23 and yet to play in Triple-A, but he represented the Mets with Amed Rosario in the MLB Futures Game this past summer and his stock is rising around the league. I recall hearing teams were asking about him last winter (specifically the Braves) when the Mets were shopping Jay Bruce for a relief pitcher.
In spring training, I heard from a few team people that they were impressed by how hard he worked to improve (based on their feedback) during the previous two winters. As a result, he often got praise for his newly-level swing and more patient and selective eye. They also say he has a strong arm, solid sense behind the plate, and that he genuinely seems to enjoy working with pitchers, coaches, and studying opposing hitters.
Mets catching prospect Tomas Nido (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
At last check, I keep being told by scouts that watch him that he's presenting as a back-up catcher in the big leagues -- mostly because he does a lot of things well, but no one thing great. Of course, he's also just 23 years old and most catchers do not begin to hit their stride until their mid to late 20s.
If Nido loses the hitch in his swing and continues to sustain good habits, as he matures and learns more about himself, big-league hitters and his position, I think he can exceed expectations. This call-up is the first step in that process, especially given the track records and uncertainties surrounding Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.