Q: You had been primarily a first baseman with the Mets before ‘08, no?
A: “This last year was the first tine that I did a lot of catching. I think I caught about 70 games. That’s the most I’ve ever caught. I was drafted as a catcher. Then when I got to the Mets I caught a little bit - in the Gulf Coast, Kingsport and then Savannah just a handful of games. I mainly played first base. Getting back into the catching, it’s a lot different here than what I had to go through in high school. It’s kind of like starting from scratch. I kind of redid everything, from the stance to throwing to second base to blocking. Everything has just been a whole big change for me. Bobby Nadal, our catching coordinator, really has been putting in a lot of time with me.”
Bobby Nadal is a tireless worker and a funny dude. "It's kinda like starting from scratch" tells you everything you need to know about just how hard it is to play catcher at the professional level.