Scouting Mets Prospect #41: Tomas Nido

The New York Mets selected catcher Tomas Nido in the eighth round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Orangewood Christian High School in Florida. The Mets believe he has the chance to be an above average offensive player behind the plate someday and those are a bit rare right now.

Vital Statistics
Name: Tomas Nido
DOB: April 12, 1994
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Batting and Power: Nido, despite not being a physically gifted player, one who stands just 6-foot tall, has exceptional bat speed and surprising power, giving him long term above average power potential. He shows advanced swing mechanics too and a willingness to go middle to the opposite field, but he will need to consistently keep the swing shorter and more compact. However, as is the case with most young hitters, he's only as good as his patience and pitch recognition. He has the chance to be a good hitter for average if he continues to command the strike zone and go to the opposite field, but naturally aggressive earlier in counts, he might not ever be a high on-base percentage player.

Base Running and Speed: Nido is a below average runner overall but is a bit quicker and more athletic in comparison to most catchers. He won't have much of an impact in the running game but he has enough wheels to steal a few bases here and there.

Defense: Nido is raw defensively but in fairness to him that could be said of all teenage catchers. He shows solid arm strength and enough agility to stick at catcher long-term, but how far he comes with his game-calling, defensive setup, and blocking skills, remains a wait and see proposition. He probably won't be more than average behind the plate but he has the necessary foundation in place to stick there long-term.

Projection: Nido is a projection guy all the way at this point. He has a lot of work to do getting his swing consistently more compact and using the whole field more, and defensively he has a lot of nuances to learn about the catcher's position. His ceiling is that of an everyday big league starting catcher though if things break right, one who could hit in the upper two-thirds of a big league lineup given his above average power potential. He is going to be a project for the time being but one who could pay big dividends down the road.

ETA: N/A. Catcher is a defensive first position so the Mets are probably going to take their time with him. He should be in Extended Spring Training to start the year and a trip back to Kingsport is not out of the question for 2013.

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