The Mets promoted C prospect Kevin Plawecki from Double-A to Triple-A late Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Plawecki and RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard were named the team’s representatives in this year’s MLB Futures Game.
Plawecki, 23, hit .326 with six HR and 43 RBI in 224 at-bats in Double-A.
He was drafted in 2012 with a compensation pick from Miami after they signed Jose Reyes as a free agent.
This past winter, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo said Plawecki is on the verge of cracking the top 10 minor-league catchers in baseball (MLB.com, Jan. 17).
He has a knack for hitting for average and getting on base, explained Mayo, adding, “If he displays a little more power and continues to prove to people that he can stay behind the plate despite his big frame, he could be a big league regular someday.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Plawecki is important to the Mets, who comes across as very confident in his ability to one day hit in the big leagues. He is the model for their approach at the plate. He’s a big kid, durable, I’ve heard people compare his size to Brian McCann. However, similar to McCann, insiders also speculate he may need to one day move off his position, but for now he is looking locked in.
Interested teams took note of Plawecki this past spring, while he was in big-league camp. The A’s, D-Backs and Mariners watched a lot of him and Travis d’Arnaud, according to people who work with those organizations.
The Mets are the only team to have two catchers in MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects. This is an interesting position to be in, since the two-way catcher is so rare in baseball these days. I assume the Mets intend to ignore interest and just let Plawecki play, especially given Travis d’Arnaud’s slow start to his career. But, it’s worth keeping this all in mind as trade talks bubble up over the next six months.
In February, MetsBlog’s Rob Brender sat down with Plawecki to talk about bonding with the organizations other catchers, working with the pitchers in big league camp, learning from Bob Geren, and his potential path to the majors >> Watch Here.