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In this logjam situation in the Mets catcher position, Francisco Alvarez will reign
It is always good to have enough depth in any position. In the case of the Mets, this is happening with the catcher's position.
The Mets began the regular season with a plan to take Omar Narvaez and Tomas Nido as their duo, while Francisco Alvarez continued to polish his swing and especially his defense in Triple-A.
However, Narvaez's injury caused the Mets to call up Alvarez to MLB. Since then, the Venezuelan-born has displayed an unprecedented level of formidable defense at catcher.
Alvarez ranks in the top 10% of the league in Framing and 8% in Max Exit Velocity. Although his power was something to expect, this improvement in the defense of "El Troll" as they call him, is beyond what we anticipated.
The former top prospect in all of baseball shows off a player who worked hard, and his improvement at the plate has been evident in recent games. He's been hitting the ball harder consistently, and as you can increase the pull swing, the results will be very positive.
Nido is on the disabled list with vision problems, and the Mets now have Gary Sanchez at catcher's logjam. Regardless of how the Mets handle Alvarez's case, his power and defensive ability are going to force Billy Eppler's hand to decide to part with Tomas Nido and use Alvarez as his main catcher, and Narvaez as a backup to Alvarez, when he returns.