Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 5/20/12
Greg Goossen may have been the first “big time” catching prospect the Mets ever had. He just looked like a catcher and had some pretty strong hitting credentials. Yet today, he is probably best-remembered as the subject of Casey Stengel’s famous quote “We got a young catcher right here, he’s 20 years old and in 10 years, he’s got a chance to be 30″. Goossen came to the Mets on a first-year waiver claim from the Dodgers in 1965. He debuted in the Dodgers’ system in 1964, batting .331 in Rookie League ball. His Dodgers’ Scouting report in the March, 1965 issue of Baseball Digest summed it up : “Big fellow, likes to play. Hits well and with power. Major League potential.” Whether the Dodgers’ internal report was not as glowing, or they simply had too many other young players to protect, they let him go to the Mets on waivers. He seemed to be coming along nicely in the Mets’ organization, hitting over .300 with power in the NYP League and getting a cup of coffee with the big club at the end
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