Is New York Mets' Omir Santos For Real?

Ira LiemanContributor IApril 28, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Omir Santos #9 of the New York Mets at bat against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field on April 19, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

John Maine pitched a stellar game yesterday. And you didn't even realize it because of Omir Santos.

Starting for the third straight game, Santos batted eighth and hit a first-inning grand slam to put the Mets in the lead 6-1. For the year, he's batting .286 in seven games including five starts.

Santos originally signed with the Yankees and had steadily made his way up the minor league ladder.

After seven years, he made it to the Orioles' major league roster in September. He appeared in 10 games with Baltimore but did not make much of an impact at the plate, with one hit in 10 AB.

The Mets signed Santos to a minor league contract after the season and assigned him to AAA Buffalo. After three starts for the Bisons, he got the call to the Mets when C Brian Schneider was put on the disabled list.

In Santos' minor league career, he has played decent defense, and threw out 21 percent of runners attempting to steal last year in AAA (the last season for which complete stats are available).

Although he is not known as a superlative hitter, he seems to be flourishing on the major league level and making the most of his opportunity.

It is likely that Santos will return to the Bisons after Schneider makes his return from the DL. Yet, the Mets have taken notice of Omir Santos and realized some depth at the catcher position.