Last season, Josh Thole gunned down 44% of runners trying to steal against him.
Last night on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, he was asked about this and said:
“Trust. I just trusted myself. I felt like I knew I could do it, and that’s what I needed. Obviously, I needed to refine my tools, but I also needed to know I was going to come in and catch well, not, ‘I hope I block this ball, I hope I throw him out.’ I told myself, I’m gonna throw this guy out. So, my mindset kind of changed more than anything.”
To see a portion of Josh’s interview, watch this:
There is no question he made big strides in his footwork throughout last season. Josh still has a way to go, and I’m sure he’d agree. However, I’m really excited to see how he keeps developing. He’s quickly becoming my favorite player on the team.
Last month at Citi Field, Terry Collins said he would like to get both Thole and Ronny Paulino time behind the plate, because, “If we keep Josh rested, and get Paulino in there, we’re gonna hit, because I think they can produce some runs for us.”