After winning the Florida State League batting title in 2016, Tomas Nido has largely struggled at the plate. Those struggles began in Binghamton where he hit .232/.287/.354 in 102 games. As the 2017 season unfolded, it appeared as if Nido’s offensive abilities were more in tune with his 2016 performance and not his 2017 performance.
With Jose Lobaton‘s presence in Las Vegas, Nido began the year repeating Binghamton. He would have a pretty good start to the season going 5-for-18 (.278) with two doubles and five RBI. After that five game stretch to open the season, he was thrust to the majors due to the Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki injuries.
As a result, a player who needed to work on things to improve at the plate was thrust up to the majors. Worse yet, he was taking on the role of the backup catcher to Nido. This limited his playing time, i.e. plate appearances, which was likely a further hindrance to his development.
Over a 39 game span, Nido would only start 13 games while playing in an additional eight games. With him not getting the at-bats needed and the infrequent playing time, he predictably struggled hitting .159/.208/.182.
Finally, with the Devin Mesoraco trade and Plawecki coming off the disabled list, Nido had a chance to go back down to the minors to work on his development as a player. Lately, it seems the consistent playing time and the hard work he is putting in is starting to pay dividends.
Over the last week, Nido is simply unconscious at the plate. Over the past two weeks, he is hitting a robust .364/.400/.606 with five doubles, a homer, and five RBI.
Currently, Nido has a seven game hitting streak where he is 12-for-29 at the plate. In three of his last four games, he has had multi-hit games with two three hit games under his belt.
Making this stretch all the more impressive is most of his damage was done against the Trenton Thunder. Trenton’s pitching staff is second in the Eastern League in ERA and WHIP, and they have allowed the second fewest hits.
From what we saw of Nido in his two brief call-ups to the majors, he is already capable to handling a Major League pitching staff, and he is a very good defender behind the plate. When you can provide that to a team, you have a very real future in the Majors. If you are a good catcher who can hit, which is what Nido looks like during this stretch, then the sky is the limit.