After the trade sending R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, I started thinking that the Mets really have never developed a top-notch catcher out of their minor league system.
Todd Hundley is closest thing to being a productive home-grown catcher, which isn’t exactly saying much.
Of course, the most productive catchers in team history, Gary Carter and Mike Piazza, were acquired via trade.
Now that the Mets’ catching future in the hands of Travis d’Arnaud, hopefully he can change that trend. Though the Mets didn’t draft him, he will at some point make his Major League debut with the Amzain’s.
Then I also got to thinking: Not only have the Mets really never developed a strong catcher, but they also really have struggled in developing any sort of hitters from their system.
Scouts will say that pitching and defense win championships, but you have to score some runs as well.
The Mets have actually been known in their history to have all sorts of good pitching prospects but not much hitting.