The 24-year old Tomas Nido, as quickly fallen into a role in the big leagues with the New York Mets. With the loss of Travis d’Arnaud for the season and Kevin Plawecki for at least a month, the Mets have needed Nido to fill their catching void.
The Mets drafted Nido in the 8th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of high school. He spent the rest of the 2012 season with the Kingsport Mets and hit a decent .242 in a little over 100 at bats. The following year, Nido struggled with the Brooklyn Cyclones and finished the year with a .185 average and 22 hits.
2014 was one of his better years in the minor leagues and was an important bounce back season. Nido hit .277 with the Cyclones and drove in 21 runs, which was a career high for him. In 2015, Nido moved up to the Savannah Sand Gnats and his production rose dramatically. He hit .259 with six home runs and 40 RBIs. He was ranked as the 18th best Mets prospect on MLB.com going into the 2016 season.
Nido Breaks Out in Binghamton
The 2016 season was the best and more of a surprise season for Nido. With the St. Lucie Mets he hit .320 with 110 hits and 46 RBI. He won a batting title and was named an All-Star by the Florida State League, Baseball America and MILB.com. Nido moved up to 9th on the team’s prospect list and earned a spot on the Mets 40-man roster.
Nido’s average almost dropped by 100 points in the 2017 season. He had a career high eight home runs and 60 RBIs but only hit .232 with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Nido was called up at the end of the season and had 10 at bats with three hits at the Major League level. He dropped to 11th on the Mets prospect list but the Mets still had faith in their young catcher.
Nido started this season in the Binghamton, but after five games and injuries to the Mets catchers the Mets called him up sooner than expected. He has only managed five hits in 37 at bats and those four hits were singles. After acquiring Devin Mesoraco from the Cincinnati Reds for Matt Harvey, he will likely be the odd man out.