“I’m training to fight for the position…No one has a regular job yet. I feel like I have a strong commitment to address the confidence and the opportunity offered to me by the Mets.”
~ Ronny Paulino, as quoted by ESPN
One of the things Paulino has going against him is he has been less than spectacular overall against right handed pitching, and pretty dominant against left handed pitching over the course of his career.
Don’t get me wrong – I love the attitude, and I would never want any player coming into camp with mediocre expectations. He should want to prove he can be a full time player, and even though I think Josh Thole deserves to be the primary catcher, I don’t think anything is set in stone going into next season, and Paulino will probably get a long look against right handed pitching in March.
Paulino hit .358 against left-handed pitching last season, against whom he is a lifetime .338 hitter hitter.
For more on Paulino, including his thoughts on his current 50 game suspension for using performance enhancing drugs, check out ESPN New York.