3) What’s going to happen with Kevin Parada?
There is a bit of irony or whatever you want to call it with Williams thriving and the more hyped Kevin Parada struggling. Taken 11th overall in the 2022 draft, Parada hasn’t had nearly the same level of success. He batted .248/.324/.428 last year with the same three teams Williams appeared in games for. It was an especially rough go at the end of the year when he hit .185 for Binghamton in 60 plate appearances.
Parada was already a bit of a mystery for the Mets mainly because they already had Francisco Alvarez as the catcher of the future. Why even draft Parada in the first place?
He hasn’t received rave reviews for his defense either, making him a candidate for a position swap somewhere down the line. Of course, if he was to remain with the Mets, a change of position would need to happen unless Alvarez loses his touch or Parada simply slides in as the backup in the future.
More likely, the Mets end up trading Parada. First, they’ll need him to regain some value. Blocked by a budding star and not performing well in the minor leagues will deplete anyone’s trade value. The storyline of Parada eventually ending up with the Mets isn’t impossible. We’ll get some clearer answers in 2024.