Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/18/14
I have been asked more than once why I thought minor league catching prospect Juan Centeno received a non-roster invite by the Mets to Spring Training. I’ll admit that I was initially puzzled by the move, but after a minute of deliberating it wasn’t really as surprising as one would think. A quick look to the left and you see the underwhelming and overpriced John Buck, while at the right you have two catchers picked up from the proverbial scrapheap in Anthony Recker and Landon Powell. Not exactly a group that would inspire any confidence until Travis d’Arnaud finishes simmering in Las Vegas. Centeno doesn’t get much respect when the discussion turns to Mets prospects, but that’s why fans can only speculate about top prospects while front office executives make real life decisions about them based on what their scouts and coaching staffs tell them. That’s why I always pay close attention to what people like DePo, Natera, Valdes, Malek, Backman, etc. have to say about our prospects. I...
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