The New York Mets are bound to have quite the roster crunch when catcher Omar Navarezreturns from the injured list, as the Mets will be potentially carrying three catchers on top of Daniel Vogelbach currently playing almost full-time as the Mets DH. If the Mets plan on keeping Francisco Alvarez up at the big leagues to continue his development there are some tough decisions that are going to have to be made.
Alvarez, who is widely regarded as the current number-one overall prospect in baseball, has started receiving semi-regular playing time behind the plate and he seems to look more and more comfortable every game he is out there defensively. While his bat has not yet caught up with Major League pitching, we all know that is going to take time with him receiving consistent at-bats.
The Mets will have to take into consideration how to use Francisco Alvarez when Omar Navarez returns from the injured list
With the financial commitment the Mets have towards Omar Navarez this season, as well as his offensive potential, he is certainly going to get significant playing time upon his return. Tomas Nido also will be another potential catcher on the 26-man roster who could receive regular playing time as well. There may be too many cooks in the kitchen and not enough at-bats to go around, especially if Daniel Vogelbach begins to produce consistently out of the DH spot.
While it's certainly a good problem to have, the Mets should've better accounted for how the designated hitter position will be utilized and how top prospect Francisco Alvarez could factor into that position on a daily basis. It's not out of the realm of possibilities that he is sent back to AAA, but with not much left to prove in the Minor Leagues, it would behoove the Mets to continue his development at the big league level.
It's also important to remember that the Mets have two red-hot prospects in Ronny Mauricio and Mark Vientos who are on the verge of call-ups, and they will also require consistent playing time to continue their overall development.
The Mets are a few weeks away from some interesting roster decisions. I believe if they had managed the DH position with more regard for Francisco Alvarez, as well as some of their other upcoming prospects, there wouldn't be more questions than answers on how the big league roster is going to shake out potentially before Memorial Day.