He’s often been slotted as a back-up, so he’s not a household name or a prospect who even registers on many New York Met fans’ radar screens. Yet, the more you know about him, the more you might think the Mets might have something special in catcher, Xorge Carrillo.
Carrillo split time behind the plate at Arizona State in 2010 and 2011 with Austin Barnes. Barnes, considered top shelf, was drafted by the Marlins in 2011 in the 9th round. The Mets selected Carrillo five rounds later, the fourth major league team to draft the backstop throughout his baseball career.
Last summer, Carrillo played the support role again, this time in Double-A ball spelling Binghamton Met starting catcher Blake Forsythe. Forsythe won Rawlings Gold Glove Award as the top defensive catcher in the minor leagues, selected among qualifying players in ten different full-season minor leagues. You can certainly understand why Carrillo played second fiddle.
Yet, quietly, unassumingly, Xorge Carrillo is compil...