Kevin Burkhardt tweets “Josh Thole spent 3 weeks working with Mets catching instructor on his D this offseason.” Also in a response to a question from Beningo and Roberts about who calls a better game, Thole or Santos, Burkhardt wrote, “Thole. Not only calling a game, but setting a solid target. That’s why he has a shot to stick.”
Adam Rubin in the NY Daily News wrote about Thole today, noting that the “organizational preference is for the rookie to get more seasoning at Triple-A while being mentored by ex-Phillie Chris Coste.” That’s all well and good, but it’s possible that Thole’s presence on the MLB roster would actually make the Mets a better team than a Santos/Blanco duo. Rubin also elaborates on the work that Thole and Natal did this winter, using a virtual machine.
At ESPN.com, Keith Law wrote about Thole,
“His bat is ready for him to play everyday in the majors right now, especially considering the Mets’ other options, but he needs a half- to a full year in the minors to improve his defense, as he doesn’t have much experience behind the plate.”
One of the best stories this spring will be whether Thole has improved enough defensively to break camp with the team. It’s a question I just can’t answer now. Truthfully, no one can.