Josh Thole Could Be Mets' Next Big Thing

Daniel SmithCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 12: The home run apple is seen as the New York Mets play the Cincinnati Reds on July 12, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Josh Thole is a New York Mets' catcher for the minor league Binghamton Double-A affiliate, and he could be the next big thing for the New York Mets.

Currently Thole is batting .344 with 94 hits and 36 RBI.

Every year since arriving to single-A ball in Savannah in 2007, Josh has raised his average with this year being his breakout year. This is something the Mets should give a careful look at.

The Mets currently have catcher Omir Santos batting .253 and catcher Brian Schneider batting .208, while both are playing admirable at the catching position both lack plate discipline and balance. The Mets should know this season is over, but it's time to let the youngsters get a crack at this and find out if these guys are trade bait or keepers.

I say let Josh come up if he plays well keep him there and you just discovered your catcher for the future. If he doesn't play well after a month or so send him to Triple-A and see what he can do next year because right now he's tearing it up and the Mets full-time catchers are not. Bring Thole, Niese and Figueroa up and let's see what these youngsters can do.