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Mets call up top catching prospect Tomas Nido

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The catcher is known for his defense.

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With the Double-A Rumble Ponies’ season coming to an end, the Mets have called up catching prospect Tomas Nido. He will join the big league club in Chicago as the team takes on the Cubs.

The 23-year-old was an 8th-round pick in the 2012 draft and enjoyed a breakout season in 2016 with St. Lucie. He hit .320/.357/.459 with seven home runs. That jump in offensive production earned him the number nine spot on Amazin Avenue’s list of the Mets’ top 25 prospects coming into 2017, and is currently ranked ninth on MLB Pipeline’s list of Mets’ prospects.

Nido joined Amed Rosario in this year’s Futures Game, and acquitted himself nicely among the other top prospects in all of baseball. He went 2-for-2 at the plate and drove in two for Team World in the 7-6 loss to Team USA.

The jump to Double-A led to a bit of a struggle for the catcher this year, and he was unable to replicate the offensive production from a season ago. He hit just .232/.287/.354 with eight home runs and 60 RBIs with the Rumble Ponies, but the prospect believes catching is the strongest aspect of his game.

With both Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki recently getting a vote of confidence from Sandy Alderson, it is unclear what Nido’s future will look like with this team, but he certainly deserves a look at the big league level considering the other two’s previous struggles.