Showing posts with label Mets Catcher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets Catcher. Show all posts

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Paulino to see more action behind the plate


Josh Thole's numbers are getting ugly.  After a fine first week of the season, Thole has since fallen into a six-week funk with a .172 average, a .245 on-base percentage and a .204 slugging percentage.

Over his last 31 games, he has recorded three extra-base hits. Over his last 17 games, he has one.

As a result, Thole is no longer the Mets' unquestioned starting catcher. Manager Terry Collins said on Sunday morning that he plans to give Ronny Paulino a string of consecutive starts at the position, in large part to give Thole time to clear his head and work on his swing.

"I thought about it last night, thought about it this morning," Collins said on Sunday. "Josh is still going to play. He's still going to get a number of at-bats. I just want to make sure we try to keep them both as sharp as possible."

There is reason to believe that Paulino, a career .274 hitter with staggering numbers against left-handed pitchers, can give the Mets some additional pop with sluggers David Wright and Ike Davis both on the disabled list. So far this season, Paulino has been playing only against lefties and, more recently, on days that Mike Pelfrey was the team's starting pitcher, such as on Sunday.

But Paulino will become the first-string catcher for this week's games in Chicago, despite the fact that the Cubs plan to deploy right-handed starters on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We've talked about it and talked about it, so we're going to play him a couple days and give him some consistent at-bats," Collins said.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Link: Video : MLB.com on Mets Catchers


Pete McCarthy and MLB.com senior correspondent Hal Bodley discuss Josh Thole and the Mets' catching situation in 2011

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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