Move Over Brian Schneider, The Bell Thole(s) For Thee

Posted: 12th September 2009 by Adam Bernacchio in MLB
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The New York Mets aren’t rich with position prospects. Sure they have Fernando Martinez and Wilmer Flores, but that’s really it for top prospects. So when the Mets called up C Joshua Thole, it caught me by surprise. I wasn’t surprised the Mets were trying to find an internal replacement for the incumbent Brian Schneider. Schneider is a free agent at the end of this year and doesn’t figure to be back with the Mets in 2010. Here is what surprised me: Thole, a converted catcher, has only been catching full-time since last May. The position of catcher is far and away the hardest position to learn how to play. Regardless if Thole is ready or not, for Thole to make the majors after spending roughly a year and a half at the position is pretty impressive. Th ...

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