Mets #11 prospect, Tomas Nido
Drafted with the 260th overall pick of the 8th round in the 2012 MLB Draft, Tomas Nido has developed slowly, which is expected of all catchers, let alone one straight out of high school.
Finally, in 2016, Nido broke out offensively with Single-A St. Lucie to the tune of a .320 batting average, .816 OPS and 7 HRs in 90 games played, earning him the Florida State League batting title. This impressive outburst shot him up the Mets prospect list and put his name on the map.
Unfortunately, Nido took a big step back in 2017, hitting just .232 in 108 games at AA Binghamton.
Still, Nido remained an above average backstop defensively earning him a spot in the All-Star Futures Game in Miami. The same is true when he received a small cup-of-coffee appearance with the Mets in September 2017.
He received a more frequent role in 2018 because of injuries to both the Mets’ starting and backup catchers. Only recently, he got sent down again with to accommodate Kevin Plawecki’s return to the backup backstop role.
Hitting a woeful .159 with only one extra-base-hit through 48 plate appearances, to go along with an only 33% caught stealing rate (compared to his 45% mark from 2017 with Binghamton), Nido doesn’t look ready for the majors just yet. But at 24 for all of the 2018 season, Nido still has time to get it together for what can be a productive career as a backup catcher, if not an everyday one.