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New York Mets catcher report cards for the 2018 MLB season

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Kevin Plawecki #26 of the New York Mets is congratulated in the dugout by Devin Mesoraco #29 and Michael Conforto #30 after hitting a home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of a game at Citi Field on September 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Kevin Plawecki #26 of the New York Mets is congratulated in the dugout by Devin Mesoraco #29 and Michael Conforto #30 after hitting a home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of a game at Citi Field on September 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Tomas Nido

The Nicknames: According to Baseball Almanac, Tomas Nido he has no nicknames. He has not been around during the 2017 and 2018 Players Weekends, so he didn’t have to come up with one. I call him Loki because he is wherever Thor is.

The Review: Nido continues to be a highly-rated prospect, and although his offense did not shine, he is still only 24, and has time to prove himself capable of being a major league catcher.

On the defensive side, he is already well above average according to advanced statistics, especially framing.

The Offensive stats:

  • G 34
  • PA 90
  • AB 84
  • HR 1
  • Runs 10
  • RBI 9
  • AVE .167
  • OBP .200
  • SLG .238
  • OPS .438
  • K% 30.0
  • BB% 4.4
  • BB/K 0.15
  • wRC+ 20
  • wOBA .193
  • OFF -8.7

The Defensive stats:

  • GS 24
  • Innings 217.2
  • DRS 1
  • rSZ 2
  • rCERA 0
  • rGP -1
  • rSB 0
  • Def (fielding runs above average plus positional adjustment)  0.9 (the only reason this number is positive is the positional adjustment)
  • SB 20
  • CS 5
  • WP 1
  • PB 5
  • Framing runs prevented (from Baseball Prospectus)
    • 3.5
    • 12th of all catchers in CSAA, the rate stat that produces Framing runs.
  • Blocking runs prevented (from Baseball Prospectus) -0.1
  • Throwing runs prevented (from Baseball Prospectus) 0
  • FRAA (Fielding Runs Above Average from Baseball Prospectus) 3.3
  • FRAA_ADJ (Adjusted Fielding Runs Above Average from Baseball Prospectus)
    • 3.3
    • 26th of 117 catchers in 2018

The Grade: D++ (pluses for framing and overall defense, not to mention youth)

Notes: Taking the five best pitcher game scores from FanGraphs and the five worst for each of the top four starters (Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz), I tracked which catcher started each of those games. Nido caught seven of the best games and four of the worst.

Breaking it down further, Nido caught six of the top three games for all four pitchers and only two of the bottom three.

Nido worked particularly well with Syndergaard, catching Noah’s top four games, and three of his worst five.

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