Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 8/9/12
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Josh Thole has been the Mets’ primary catcher for almost two whole years now. So, it begs the question: Where does Thole stand in the Mets’ long term plans at catcher moving forward? Let’s call a spade a spade. Thole is at best an average catcher with no discernible skills that separate himself from the pack either offensively or defensively. As of August 8, Thole was sporting a mediocre .259/.314/.321 line. His career slash mark (.271/.340/.346) is slightly better than the numbers he is posting this year, but nonetheless it is still hardly awe-inspiring. Thole is also a feeble 5-33 in his last ten games with just two runs batted in. By now, we all thought Thole would start to emerge as a reliable contact hitter who could go gap to gap and at least give the Mets a presence in the lineup at catcher. However, Thole has regressed and is seemingly not playing with a lot of confidence out there. Thole has no pop, is not great behind the plate and lately he is not even hitting for contact...
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