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Monday, March 14, 2011

Scouting Report Mike Nickeas

Mike Nickeas - #13
28 years old
6th professional season (10 at bats last year)
6'0" 210 pounds
Bats R/Throws R

Profile: Started his professional career in 2004 when he was drafted by the Rangers in the 5th round. He was rated the best defensive catcher in the Rangers system, and was traded to the Mets in 2006 in exchange for Victor Diaz.
Good: He's a career .231 hitter in the minors. His OBP was .334, and slugging .346. Wait that's not good? Hmm, well, he's supposed to be good defensively. He's thrown out 30% of the runners in the minor leagues.
The Bad: See his career slash stats above. He nearly retired after wrist surgery and languishing in the minors for 7 years, but he persisted and made his major league debut in September 2010.
Role: He will be on the 25-man roster for at least 8 games, as Ronny Paulino is serving his PED suspension and his resultant visa problems. Thole will face the RHP, and Nickeas will spot him versus LHP.

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