Apart from McCann and Nido, the future for all but one catcher in the Mets organization seems rather cloudy at the moment. Of course, injuries can happen, though with McCann and Nido both being solid options, anyone else is blocked at the moment.
On the 40-man roster, the Mets have two catchers in addition to the duo – Ali Sanchez and Patrick Azeika.
At 23-years-old, Ali Sanchez finally made his debut for the Metropolitans this past season. Sanchez has been in the organization since signing in July of 2013, having always been known as a top-notch defensive catcher.
It has always been known that Sanchez may not become a great hitter, rather if his bat can become suitable enough to complement his defense. In 10 at bats in his major league career, he has one hit, one walk, and three strikeouts.
At the same time, nobody should be judged on their first ten at bats in the majors. In case of injury, Sanchez, who ranks 20th among Mets prospects, will be the first to get called up.
Shortly behind Sanchez at 23rd amongst prospects is Patrick Mazeika. A left-handed catcher, Mazeika has made it to the majors already, just has not yet appeared in a game.
An 8th round pick in 2015, Mazeika is a solid defender and hitter, improving year by year. What is also interesting about his game too is he has experience playing first base already. Both Sanchez and Mazeika will be battling for that third catching spot, only to be waiting for an injury to truly get their first reps.
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that McCann, Nido, Sanchez, and Mazeika will be seeing all the reps at catcher. They’re all under contract until at least 2025, and still, have plenty to prove. Not to mention, all are solid defenders, which the Mets needed after Ramos.