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New York Mets: Grading the 2018 rookies we saw regularly

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 18: Jeff McNeil #68 of the New York Mets hits an RBI triple in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citizens Bank Park on August 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 18: Jeff McNeil #68 of the New York Mets hits an RBI triple in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citizens Bank Park on August 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Tomas Nido – C-

In all fairness to Tomas Nido, his big league promotion this season came due to unfortunate circumstances. The loss of Travis d’Arnaud for all of 2018 and Kevin Plawecki‘s absence for several weeks put the Mets in a bind where Nido and veteran Jose Lobaton were forced into sharing the catching duties for far too long.

During that period, Nido hit poorly. There were positives with his defense, awarding him with a C- instead of something he’d be more ashamed to bring home.

Nobody expected all that much from Nido during his rookie year. Clearly outmatched, I do think there’s at least some hope ahead.

Nido has the makings of a career backup catcher. If we look at him from this perspective and not as a guy who should suit up 120 times a season, his debut season looks far more favorable.

The Mets should continue to allow Nido to grow into this role next year while possibly bussing him back and forth between Flushing and Syracuse. Since the starting catcher job is still open, Nido’s responsibilities remain a mystery.

Is this man the backup in 2019 or will we see him receive a little more minor league seasoning first?

Whatever the future holds for Nido, he can be brought of playing out of his element in 2018.

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