Mets Triple-A C Kevin Plawecki is knocking on the big-league door, but Travis d’Arnaud is the ‘incumbent,’ Sandy Alderson said Thursday in Binghamton (Press & Sun-Bulletin, Sept. 4).
“We have two pretty good catchers now,” he said, noting that d’Arnaud is hitting well in the big-leagues. “Plawecki is at Triple-A now, so he’s knocking at the door. We like Travis. We like Kevin. We like them both. I would expect that we’ll see them both in spring training next year and see where it takes us.”
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: Plawecki is important to the Mets, who come 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. He has played 19 of his 242 games at first base, though for now he is looking locked in behind the plate.
Interested teams took note of Plawecki this past spring, while he was in big-league camp. The A’s, Cubs, D-Backs and Mariners watched a lot of him and 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 d’Arnaud’s slow start and recent success. But, it’s worth keeping this all in mind as trade talks bubble up over the next six months.