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Mets 101 Seven in Seven Series: Top New York Mets Prospects #4-Kevin Plawecki

February 13th, 2014 at 11:35 PM
By Kyle Brosnan

Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns in time for 2014. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of something related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdown from number seven and work our way to number one over the course of a week. This week marks our final countdown of the offseason as the Mets begin spring training on Saturday, and we will continue our annual tradition by ranking the top seven Mets' prospects in the farm system. We continue our countdown today with a look at the fourth best prospect in the Mets' farm system, catcher/first basemen Kevin Plawecki 

4) 1B/C Kevin Plawecki

Acquired: Drafted in the first round, 35th overall in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft

History:  The Mets took Plawecki with the 35th overall pick out of Purdue University in the 2012 entry draft. In 2012 at Purdue, Plawecki earned big Ten player of the year honors and was a second-team All-American. He was a Johnny Bench Award finalist (best collegiate catcher, one of three nationally) and a national semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. Plawecki started all 59 games (49 at catcher) of his senior year and went on to lead the Big Ten in doubles and runs scored. On the year, he hit .359 with seven homers, 47 RBI, 20 doubles and 54 runs scored. 

Plawecki split the 2013 season between the Savannah Sand Gnats and the St. Lucie Mets. He had a breakout year, showing off his power and continuing to showcase his ability to get on base. In Savannah, he hit the snot out of the ball, posting a .314 batting average with six homers, 43 RBI, 24 doubles and .884 OPS. Plawecki continued his strong player after earning a promotion to St. Lucie. In 60 games with the St. Lucie Mets, Plawecki hit .294 with two homers, 37 RBI and 14 doubles. While his power declined a bit, he still showed great potential to get on base. 

Pros: Great Bat, Power Potential, Doubles Hitter

Cons: Defense, Arm Strength

2014 Outlook: Plawecki will likely be the opening day catcher for the AA Binghamton Mets.  His spot in the organization has been surpassed by the acquision of Travis d’Arnaud in the R.A. Dickey trade. d’Arnaud is regarded as one of the best catching prospects in baseball. While he flopped in his major league debut last season, d’Arnaud is still viewed as the Mets’ catcher of the future and his development will certainly impact Plawecki moving forward. 

Nevertheless, Plawecki will continue developing as a catcher this upcoming season. If d’Arnaud reaches his potential, Plawecki will likely have to switch positions to reach the majors with the Mets. If d’Arnaud flopps, the Mets have a solid backup plan in Plawecki. If he needs to change positions to first base, Plawecki’s major league debut could be delayed. We shouldn’t expect to see Plawecki in the majors in 2014, but next season could go a long way towards hi development. Look for him to develop his bat against Double-A arms and hopefully make gains in his game behind the plate.  

 

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