2 Mets players we want to see play more, 2 we want to see play less this spring

We are clamoring to see more of certain players, while others we are already sick of watching.

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Another player we want to see more of is Kevin Parada

Every summer, we read endless headlines about the new players selected in the MLB Draft. Without having a chance to evaluate them for ourselves during their collegiate years, our opportunity comes during spring training. Selected in the first round of the 2022 draft, catcher Kevin Parada has yet to meet expectations as an 11th-overall pick. In 105 games last season between Single-A Brooklyn and AA Binghamton, Parada hit .248 with 14 home runs and 54 RBI. His defense was considered a liability given the lack of arm strength and continued progress at pitch framing.

Even though Parada has struggled since entering professional baseball, he is still highly regarded by the organization as an integral part of the Mets' future. Parada's power potential is still an intriguing part of his game, one that will put him in the designated hitter conversation come 2025. Catchers also take longer to develop both their offensive and defensive games, leading the Mets to believe Parada will improve with experience. He recently described an offseason regimen to improve his pop-up time and work alongside the coaching staff. Taking these efforts into consideration as well as his status as a young prospect, fans want to see more of Parada in March.

One player we want to see less of is Tomas Nido

One area where the Mets do not have much depth is the catching position. The team went into 2022 with the expectation Omar Narvaez and Tomas Nido would hold down the fort until Alvarez was major-league-ready. This process was expedited as Narvaez missed most of the first half due to injury. The Mets allowed Nido to platoon with Alvarez, but the 29-year-old backstop hit just .125 through 22 games.

Never known for his offense, Nido's defensive decline has been startling since the 2022 season. With the days of being the personal catcher to Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard long gone, Nido has no role on the 26-man roster. While the Mets sought to trade Narvaez during the offseason, he is a better bounceback candidate in a backup role than Nido. For the remainder of spring training, fans would rather see playing time go to a prospect like Parada.