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Travis d’Arnaud named MLB’s top C prospect, Plawecki not far behind

MLB.com has Mets C Travis d’Arnaud as the top catching prospect in baseball, saying:

“If it hadn’t been for injuries, d’Arnaud would be off this list. … He is ready for a full-time gig in the big leagues. The 24-year-old has the chance to be an outstanding offensive player with the ability to hit for average and power. He’s not a slouch behind the plate, either, with more than enough catch-and-throw skills to be an everyday player. All d’Arnaud needs is health, because he has the skill set to be one of the best all-around catchers in the National League.”

D’Arnaud played in 31 games for the Mets in 2013, after getting off to a late start with a broken bone in his foot. He hit .202 and struck out nearly 20 percent of his plate appearances.

Mets 22-year-old C Kevin Plawecki was also featured as one of two catchers on the verge of cracking the top 10.

According to the report, Plawecki has a knack for hitting for average and getting on base and, “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.”

In early November, it was reported that the Mets might consider trading d’Arnaud in an effort to acquire a big bat, since some in the organization are really high on Plawecki, team sources said (Martino, Nov. 7). Plawecki was named the organization’s minor-league player of the year, along with 1B Allan Dykstra.

He hit .305 with a .390 OBP, 38 doubles, 8 HR and 80 RBI in 125 games between Single-A Savannah and High-A St. Lucie.

Read More: MLB.com’s List of Top Prospects at Catcher in Baseball




28 comments
SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

Probably a stupid question but is Allan Dykstra Lenny's son?

bigdirty
bigdirty

honestly, i didnt realize that the Mets had another catcher in the system along with travis. Thats great! Maybe even more valuable than a high end pitching prospect is a high end catching prospect. 



And..i am so ready for baseball season! I want winter to be over!

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

see we can't go by iffs first i want to see Travis succeed and if  Paw does well even better but you can't hope one succeeds i need both to succeed.

BadContract
BadContract

May his potential come to fruition....I'll drink to that!

mets2891
mets2891

Hopefully both play well and we can trade one in a package for a big bat.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

"In early November, it was reported that the Mets might consider trading d’Arnaud in an effort to acquire a big bat, since some in the organization are really high on Plawecki, team sources said"


Guys, you have to stop rehashing this bit of "reporting" as if it actually reflects the thinking of the front office. Martino did NOT report that the Mets are considering trading d'Arnaud. He thought aloud in his column about whether they might consider it. The only thing he actually attributed to team sources was that they (duh) like Plawecki.

metstastic
metstastic

Trading TDA because they have Plawecki in the wings? That makes zero sense. Plawecki is still in A ball and at least 2-3 years away. Worry about Plawecki being blocked in 2-3 years when one can be traded.

Hodges14
Hodges14

2014 is a big opportunity for TDA.  He can be a big difference in what could be a pretty anemic lineup.  Another productive hitter to go with Wright, Murph and Granderson would be huge.

Derpy
Derpy

PS.  Plawecki is the guy the Mets drafted as compensation for Jose Reyes.

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@samc No, but Lenny does have a son named Cutter who's in the Nats organization and is engaged to Jamie-Lynn Sigler of Sopranos fame.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Ron DavisYou have to go by IF's. It's sports, it's not not a sure thing like math. It's not 2+2=4.

stemog
stemog

@metstasticPlawecki will be in Double-A this season and if he hits well there, probably Triple-A by the end of the season. He's not far away, probably be up at some point in 2015.

texasmetsfan
texasmetsfan

@bobblehead first year reyes was gone, nobody missed him as we received decent production from Ruben Tejada without the long DL stints we had become used to with Reyes.  For the money he was given, it was

the right move.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@bobblehead Plaw's probably not "At least 2-3 years away". He's an advanced college bat who'll start this season in AA, and if he hasn't seen the majors by the middle of next season, it'll be a surprise.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Sylvan Migdal@bobbleheadRight, he's progressed quickly going 2-3 levels per season. i could see him up when the rosters expand if he plays well in Bingo (where he will start) and then AAA.

zoddie
zoddie

@texasmetsfan@nagel100@bobbleheadNo it doesn't.  It stays at $22m/year from what I understand.  I believe it was $10m - $10m - $16m - $22m for the remainder of the contract plus a $4m buyout in 2018.

zoddie
zoddie

@nagel100@bobblehead Yes, Reyes is worth $20m/year.  

He averages 131 games/year.

For comparison, JD Drew averages 119 games/year.


But as others have said, if the Mets weren't going to sign him for some reason as a FA (which they should have), they needed to trade him like they did with Beltran.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@bobbleheadNope, Sandy didn't botch anything. Was he supposed to match what was a pretty stupid offer from miami, who blatantly lied to the guy, and traded him the next offseason. 


if anyone BOTCHED the situation it was miami, and their serial lying owner. I know the mets never "officially made an offer". I remember a rumored discussion around 15-18 mil per yr over 4 years... And a max value offer around 80... Marlins blew it out of the water and mets passed as they should have. 


Did it hurt, YEAH. But overpaying a player to not perform to his value hurts also.

nagel100
nagel100

@bobblehead really.  is Reyes worth 20 plus million over the next 3 years.  can't stay on the field.


he got 93 games in last year.  how many this year as he hits 30?