Mets backup catcher options for the 2021 season already with the organization
By Tim Boyle
Mets backup catcher option: Ali Sanchez
If Ali Sanchez is staying with the Mets, it’s not going to be as a starting catcher. Fortunately, even if the club has a big-name backstop behind the plate in 2021, he can get some experience as the backup.
I don’t believe Sanchez will win the backup catcher job out of spring training unless an injury occurs. One full year at Triple-A next season should give the club an idea of what he has to offer them.
Sanchez isn’t a highly-rated prospect and his numbers show us why. He has been a light-hitting catcher throughout his minor league career. His defense is what we should pay attention to most as it’s the one major requirement for any number two catcher on a big league roster.
Unfortunately, in his limited time playing for the 2020 Mets, we didn’t get to see him do a whole lot. He got his first hit out of the way. Beyond that, Sanchez’s abilities are a bit of a mystery.
I wouldn’t be shocked to see Sanchez put up numbers similar to Nido once he does become a regular big league player. Nothing indicates a power surge from his bat.
No one on this list has a taller mountain to climb than Sanchez. The others have more experience than him. It’s just that simple.
But like anyone who has gone to a job interview will wonder, how do I get experience for a job when the only way to get the experience is to have the job?
Catchers get hurt and we will probably see Sanchez get some playing time in 2021. As far as working as the backup goes, he’ll need to build up his resume further and hope for a great 2022 audition.
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