The New York Mets have a few promising catchers in the minor leagues. One who hasn’t gotten much attention is youngster Andres Regnault.
Ramos won’t be around forever. Eventually, the Mets may turn to their minor league system for a new starting catcher. While Francisco Alvarez looks like the future backstop in Flushing, Venezuelan born minor leaguer Andres Regnault is becoming a prospect to watch.
Regnault has been with the organization since 2016 when he suited up in the Dominican Summer League. He played there for two more seasons, quietly becoming a productive offensive player.
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In 2019, Regnault took his talents to the Kingsport Mets in the Appalachian League. His 192 plate appearances including 8 home runs, 49 RBI, and a slash line of .292/.328/.489.
After a year of hitting .333/.420/.573 in the Dominican Summer League back in 2018, the continued production another level up should catch our attention. Regnault is years away from sniffing a major league roster. However, at 20-years-old, there’s time to see him develop further.
Like many minor league catchers, Regnault’s future may not be behind the plate. He spent a lot of time as a DH this past season with Kingsport. Listed at 6’0 and 251 pounds, we can safely assume he’s probably not destined to play any of the speedier positions on the field.
This leaves him with only a few options, either continuing to improve as a catcher or a move to one of the corner spots.
I have yet to see Regnault appear on any top prospects list for the Mets. This could change in another season. He was tied for third in the Appalachian League in RBI which is no small feat. It may seem like a minor accomplishment. I see it as a hint of what he may do in the coming years.
The franchise has several candidates to eventually becoming the starting catcher in a few seasons. The franchise hasn’t had a truly homegrown regular at the position since Todd Hundley.
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This season could be a big one for Regnault’s future. At the very least, he’s a minor league story in the Mets’ system worth watching.