As I wrote a few weeks ago, this year, to prepare my Mets Top 41, I first created lists by position.
I'll put up a list for each position, with a few light comments on the position or individual players. Each player who makes my Top 41 will get a longer profile as part of that process.
So, we'll go around the diamond, starting today with Catcher, one of the more well-defined positions for the Mets.
1. d'Arnaud will be the Mets' Opening Day starting catcher. I expect him to be an above average Major League catcher pretty much right away if he can stay on the field.
2. Plawecki will begin the 2014 season at AA. He's a fine prospect, who will likely see the big leagues. At the plate, he's more aggressive than I think is commonly recognized: a low-strikeout, moderate walk player with gap power. He maintains high on-base-percentages with many hit-by-pitches (24 in 2013). Defensively, he's ok, but his arm is his weakest tool.
3. The Mets added Centeno to the team's 40-man roster at the end of the 2014 season. He has as little pop as any player on a big league roster, but makes contact and draws a few walks. He's also a strong defensive catcher who threw out about 40% of opposing runners in 2011 and 2012 and over 50% in 2013. He's never been a primary catcher on any team he's played on, instead performing well in a time-share or as a backup.
4. Nido hit .185/.218/.261 with four walks against 21 strikeouts as a 19-year-old with Brooklyn in 2013. The Mets signed him for a quarter of a million dollars in the 2012 draft to keep him away from a Florida State commitment, but the raw catcher, who I had ranked #29 in the system coming into 2013, has done very little as a professional.
5. After a nice 2012 with Savannah (.300/.403/.408 in 93 games), and earned my #33 prospect ranking, Maron flopped in St. Lucie in 2013 (.235/.327/.295). It's not just that his batting average on balls in play dropped from .366 in 2012 to .284 in 2013, his extra-base hit and walk rates dropped as well. While his caught-stealing rate climbed from 13% in 2012 to 27% in 2013, opponents still stole 76 bases against him in 2013. Basically, teams ran on Maron, and his pitchers, a lot.