Mets: Chadwick Tromp would be a nice backup catcher in 2021
Recently non-tendered catcher Chadwick Tromp might be a good fit for the New York Mets as a backup.
This past week, a number of players were non-tenured by teams across the MLB, including an intriguing young catcher whom the New York Mets should consider taking a look at.
The player in question is Chadwick Tromp, a backstop who was just let go by the San Francisco Giants organization.
At 26 years old, Tromp was given his first shot in the major leagues last season with the Giants, where he appeared in 24 games, splitting time at catcher with fellow rookie Joey Bart, as incumbent starter Buster Posey opted out of the 2020 season.
Over his 24 games, Tromp batted .213 with a .219 OBP with 4 HR and 10 RBI. While those numbers in themselves are not much, he was a premature call-up and he posted an impressive stat line in Triple-A in 2019.
In Triple-A in 2019, Tromp posted a .280 average with a .397 OBP, hitting 9 HR and 37 RBI in just 42 games, which are much more noteworthy numbers.
With Posey’s expected return for the 2021 season, Tromp became expendable, and I believe his newfound availability could be an interesting opportunity for Mets. While he should not be brought in and handed the starting position, the Mets could use an upgrade for a backup as well, and as he showed in the minor league, Tromp could develop into a very nice down the line.
Hypothetically, as a non-tenured player with little major league experience, Tromp could be brought in on an inexpensive one year deal to compete for the job as a backup with Tomas Nido.
Whichever one performs better in the coming Spring Training will earn the starting job, while the other is sent to Triple-A to further develop.
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It’s a low risk and potentially high reward signing for the Mets, and if Chadwick is hitting anywhere near the way he did in Triple-A, it is one New York would be well worth considering.