Mets to Carry Three Catchers as They Promote Johnny Monell

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Mets to Carry Three Catchers as They Promote Johnny Monell

It looks like the Mets will carry three backstops as Triple A catcher Johnny Monell is on his way to the Big Apple, and will be activated today, the team announced on Twitter.

Monell, 29, was tearing it up at Las Vegas, hitting .397 with four home runs, two doubles, and 15 RBI in 66 plate appearances in 17 games.

Monell crack the big leagues with San Francisco in 2013, appearing in eight games with the Giants.

Despite playing well in spring training, the Mets decided to go with incumbent backup catcher Anthony Recker.

The Mets haven’t added Monell to the 25-man roster as of yet, according to its website. So additional roster moves are on the horizon.

Additionally, for now, Monell isn’t on the current 40-man roster, so a player has to be removed in order to activate him.

The likely candidate for the demotion seems to be Eric Campbell, since the Mets have a backup middle infielder in Ruben Tejada. They could send down a reliever, which would leave them with six pitchers in the bullpen, to clear a roster spot. But that doesn’t seem to be the case, as the Mets already went from an eight-man bullpen to seven.

As for me, I’ve seen enough of Tejada, and Wilmer Flores has been less than stellar these days.

So, I would like to see what the Mets have in shortstop Matt Reynolds, who is batting .326 with two round trippers and 23 RBI in 24 contests in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.

The club could use an infusion of offense, to say the least. New York hasn’t scored a run in 25 straight innings, while getting blank 1-0 in consecutive games to the Washington Nationals.

Granted, it was Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez, both top arms in the National League, who stymied Mets’ bats. But the lumber needs to come to life for the offensively-anemic team in Queens–sooner rather than later. Otherwise, their hot start will go for naught.

Johnny, be good. Please.

 

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Jerry Del Priore is a veteran freelance sports writer from Brooklyn, New York, who covers a variety of professional, college and high school sports for a number of print and digital publications. In addition, Del Priore is the author of Running Through Roadblocks: Inspirational Stories of Twenty Courageous Athletic Warriors, available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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