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Mets promote C prospect Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A

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.




38 comments
Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

I think Plawecki has good enough gap power to hold his own at 1b. His career doubles numbers in the minors are off the charts. If we get some surprises then maybe we can take care of some of our needs internally and then be poised to trade/sign the huge bat we need. That is if they decide to put some money into this team.

jenkins
jenkins

I love Plawecki because he not only hits for average, but he drives in runs consistently-even without the long ball. He has to start when he's ready, whether it's C, 1B or OF.

tw22
tw22

The timing of these moves have not been lost on the major league squad. Alderson and his boys have built a pretty good minor league system and sooner or later, byt ghis time next year guys on the major league squad are going to lose their jobs.

hashburry
hashburry

When exactly is McCann moving from catcher?  When he's 50?

darkknight
darkknight

Is a rotation of Plawecki/d'Arnaud at first and catcher a viable option? Could help keep both of them fresh and keep both of the bats we badly need in the lineup. Granted, they need to hit well enough to warrant the first base spot.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Maybe a September call up at best. Now that we have TDN crushing HRs--HAHA

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

D'oh! I was going to see the B-Mets play next week in New Britain.  Ah well.

Jerry
Jerry

I saw Plawecki a few times when he was with the Cyclones, liked his swing. Pleasantly surprised with his quick promotion.

Daniel Gaffney
Daniel Gaffney

Plawecki as RH first base and backup catcher. Can get plenty of at bats. Limit Duda.

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

Why not the majors? He can't possibly be any worse than d'Arnaud, Recker or Teagarden.

mets1973
mets1973

If d'Arnaud can hit at the ML level maybe they can put Plawecki at first. That is is big if though. I want to see how d'Arnaud does over the next three months. If he doesn't improve let's see what Plawecki can do behind the plate.

Straw18
Straw18

I'm not sold on d'Arnaud after last night.....the HR was nice but he struck out twice and did not look good at all in those ab's.....let's see what he does the rest of the year but Plawecki maybe our guy next year..... 

dave42
dave42

I read on fangraphs that Plawecki has improved his defense dramatically this season. 

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

This guy is inching closer to the bigs...D'arnaud ..watch out!

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

Any experience with Kevin or Travis playing 1B?

What qualities of Plawecki makes him need to move off of playing catcher one day? 

zoddie
zoddie

@Zach Goeringer  His value goes way down at 1b.  You have to hit a TON to stick at 1b in the majors.  Plawecki's numbers are good *for a catcher* in the minors.  They aren't great compared to 1b prospects.  You'd be asking him to go from the position with the worst expected offense to the best.


As an example, if Plawecki (or d'Arnaud) had the same OPS as Lucas Duda this year (.805), they would be all-stars.

zoddie
zoddie

@moeb  Better numbers, sure, but Plawecki is almost two years older and was at the same level as Sanchez.  Age matters for prospects.  I think it is closer than you think with these two.

tw22
tw22

@hashburry McCann is similar defensively to Piazza, good behind the plate. Calls a good game, can't throw anyone out. The only major difference is that Piazza was a much better hitter and McCann is a lot less durable. The Yankees are still catching him because he can't play third.

tw22
tw22

@darkknight d'Arnaud is not a first baseman. I've never gotten a look at Plawecki but if he could pull it off at first it would make for a seamless lineup change. Plawecki is probably the better hitter, but d'Artnaud has the makings of being a Yadier Molina type guy behind the plate.

zoddie
zoddie

@Daniel Gaffney  Duda has the best OPS on the Mets and Plawecki just got promoted 12 hours ago.  Let's not limit Duda just yet.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@Daniel Gaffney Um...no.  His defense behind the dish is one of his best attributes.  He's going to be a starting catcher either here, or somewhere else.

hashburry
hashburry

@tullydew Why let facts get in the way?  BTW, the Yankees appear to have the deepest core of catching prospects, if nothing else.

willj75
willj75

@tullydew  I don't know what they are talking about in Plawecki,but TDA isn't there because he doesn't have rookie eligibility.

nykjw2
nykjw2

 If a catcher is a great hitter you want to find another position for him. Catching is very taxing and will eventually affect offense...plus catchers need a lot of time off. You'd rather a good hitter be an everyday player where his offense can flourish.

dave42
dave42

I think mostly his size. It is hard to be back there day after day crouching if you're as big as he is.  Takes a toll on a guy's knees.

darkknight
darkknight

Seems like they say that about every catcher

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@zoddie @Zach Goeringer Last year in 125 games Plawecki had 80 rbi 38 doubles and hit .305. This year he is pace for better numbers. You said his numbers were good for a catcher, I think those are good for any position.

His numbers have gotten better with each level he has played in. There is nothing to suggest the same stats can't be projected on the major league level. If the only reason he can't play 1st base is because he doesn't hit enough homeruns that just isn't a good enough answer for me. Otherwise, I can't see what other struggles would be implied given his track record.

@nykjw2 These are the things I don't know. Thanks guys

Lee Mandarino
Lee Mandarino

@darkknight agreed, seems like any catcher that can hit needs to be moved from the position. They said that about Buster Posey and Joe Mauer early in their careers as well.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@zoddie Plawecki also has an ops of .864 this year and was an all star so I'm sort of confused by your Duda comparison.

zoddie
zoddie

@Zach Goeringer @zoddie  First, RBI obviously don't tell you a ton about a hitter's ability.


Second, it is exceedingly rare for a hitter to produce the same in the majors as he did in the minors unless he is really, really young.  Not that .864 is a bad OPS but, for reference, Duda had a .930 OPS in AAA and he has settled into being an average hitting first baseman.


In short, hitting in the majors is harder than hitting in the minors.  Ask Travis d'Arnaud, who had a .902 OPS in AA and a 1.045 (!) OPS at AAA.