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Friday, November 26, 2010

Thole will be the Starting Catcher next season

Terry Collins, the new skipper of New York, said that Josh Thole will be the team's starting catcher, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin .

Thole, 24, has yet to spend a full season in the majors but did grab 227 plate appearances after being called up in late June. He finished with a .277/.357/.366 line. Thole has no power to speak of, but can hit for average and should improve on the .277 mark. In 59 PA in 2009, Thole had a .321 batting average.

Thole is getting the starting job because of several reasons. The first is that Thole is talented enough and could be the backstop for many years to come. The second is that the Mets don't have much payroll flexibility thanks to the onerous contracts engineered by Omar Minaya.

And lastly, as Collins says, Thole increased drastically as a signal-caller last season.

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