New Met: Kelly Shoppach

  • Sharebar

Kelly Shoppach

Quick Info:

Position: Catcher

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Height: 6′ 0″, Weight: 220

Why he was brought here: Josh Thole has proven recently that he is not the long-term answer for the Mets at the catcher position. He has proven that he cannot hit lefties. Sandy Alderson needed to bring in someone who can platoon with Thole.

What he will be used for: Terry Collins told reporters yesterday that Shoppach will be used mostly against left-handers. Thole has hit .188 in his career against lefties, including .219 this season. Shoppach, on the other hand, has a .270/.364/.530 batting line against lefties in 492 career at-bats. The Mets as a team have failed to hit lefties and need someone in their lineup that can help them in that regard.

Strengths: As I just mentioned, his ability to hit left-handers is a huge asset, especially on this team. Shoppach’s best quality, however, may be his power. In 2008, when he played in a career-high 112 games, Shoppach hit 21 home runs and 27 doubles in 352 at-bats. That isn’t too impressive, but when you consider that he’s a catcher, as well as who he is replacing, it certainly is an upgrade with the power.

Weaknesses: He isn’t the greatest defensive catcher. Although there aren’t any reliable fielding statistics, especially for a catcher, the stats say he is in the bottom tier of catchers defensively. Also, he has hit just .204 in his career against righties. I expect him to play only against lefties, so that won’t be a problem.

Career stats: 

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2005 25 BOS 9 16 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 .000 .063 .000 .063 -81
2006 26 CLE 41 120 110 7 27 6 0 3 16 8 45 .245 .297 .382 .678 75
2007 27 CLE 59 177 161 26 42 13 0 7 30 11 56 .261 .310 .472 .782 102
2008 28 CLE 112 403 352 67 92 27 0 21 55 36 133 .261 .348 .517 .865 128
2009 29 CLE 89 327 271 33 58 14 0 12 40 33 98 .214 .335 .399 .734 97
2010 30 TBR 63 187 158 17 31 8 0 5 17 20 71 .196 .308 .342 .650 82
2011 31 TBR 87 253 221 23 39 3 0 11 22 19 79 .176 .268 .339 .607 72
2012 32 BOS 48 158 140 16 35 12 2 5 17 11 62 .250 .327 .471 .798 109
8 Yrs 508 1641 1428 190 324 83 2 64 197 138 551 .227 .316 .422 .738 98
162 Game Avg. 162 523 455 61 103 26 1 20 63 44 176 .227 .316 .422 .738 98
CLE (4 yrs) 301 1027 894 133 219 60 0 43 141 88 332 .245 .331 .456 .788 107
TBR (2 yrs) 150 440 379 40 70 11 0 16 39 39 150 .185 .285 .340 .625 76
BOS (2 yrs) 57 174 155 17 35 12 2 5 17 11 69 .226 .302 .426 .728 91

Overall, this is a good move by the Mets. Sure, it’s a little late. They really needed Shoppach’s help earlier in the season but was Shoppach going to stop the collapse? Of course not.

What’s important now, is the Mets now have a leg up on other teams in signing him this offseason. If they insist on keeping Josh Thole on the roster, they need someone to compliment him and Shoppach is that guy. He hits lefties and he is experienced (FWIW). On top of that, the power-starved Mets lineup needs a boost. This isn’t going to solve the home run problem, but it’s a step in the right direction.

On top of all this, the Mets didn’t give up much: Just a player to be named later. This deal will likely be a minor league roster filler in exchange for exclusive negotiating rights with a solid catcher. Not a bad deal if you ask me.

About Connor O'Brien
I'm a 16 year-old blogger, high school student, and lifelong Mets fan. I've been blogging about the Mets in some form or another for about four years. I embrace the new age, sabermetric way of thinking, but also recognize the importance of scouting and player devlopment.

Leave a Reply