Now that the 2012 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting rotation, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (Manny Acosta) to Y (Chris Young) as our Mets 101 Player Review series returns. In each review we will take a look at one player's 2012 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2013. Today we will look at catcher Kelly Shoppach.
2012 Stats: .233 Average / 8 HR / 27 RBI / .309 OBP/ 23 Runs
2012 Story: In the height of the whole Bobby Valentine fiasco in Boston, Kelly Shoppach was traded to the Mets. Upon coming to the ball club, Shoppach quickly made things excited for the fans and flashed some offensive power. Shoppach also showed an ability to help on the defensive end as well, calling a decent amount of games and showing he can help develop young pitching. Shoppach faded a bit at the end of the season, making his status for 2013 a bit of an unknown factor.
Contract Status: Free Agent
Odds of Returning: 50%.
2013 Role: Catcher/Back-up Catcher to Josh Thole
After reports of Josh Thole in all likely hood not being moved, the Mets are looking for a catcher who can compliment the young backstop. Looking at Shoppach, he might be the guy considering he can provide right handed pop and can call a good game. The only issue is that Shoppach's bat lagged towards the end of the season. The key word here though, is compliment, not complete, but its possible that he will return
Be sure to check back tomorrow for Mets 101's player review of Short Stop Ruben Tejada.Tags: Baseball, Kelly Shoppach, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Player Review