On this Memorial Day Monday, the New York Mets already have a catcher on the mend. Travis d'Arnaud is rehabbing with the AA Binghamton Mets, but while he is down there he can meet a man who could push him for playing time very soon if he doesn't improve. That man is Kevin Plawecki, the Mets' supplemental first round pick back in 2012. Plawecki has hit at every level in the minor leagues, and he is our focus for this week's edition of Minor League Mondays.
After quickly advancing to High-A Port St. Lucie at the end of the 2013 season, Plawecki was assigned to AA Binghamton to begin the 2014 campaign. The adage in baseball is that the jump from Single A to Double A is the biggest jump in professional baseball, and it appeared to be affecting Plawecki early on. Plawecki struggled mightily in his first few weeks with the B-Mets, but he has hit very well since then.
Plawecki checks into action on Memorial Day with a .333 average, four home runs and 24 RBI's. Plawecki also has 11 doubles and has struck out only 17 times in 132 at bats. Plawecki has only drawn seven walks, but he is making a lot of contact and doing good work when he does. Plawecki is hitting very well for the B-Mets, and if he keeps it up he could find his way to Triple-A Las Vegas by the end of the season.
The long term issue for the Mets is finding a position for Plawecki, particularly if d'Arnaud is able to stick behind the plate. The Mets could move Plawecki over to first base in order to try and create at bats for him at the major league level. The Mets' first base situation in the majors isn't exactly stellar, as Lucas Duda hasn't taken tremendous advantage of every day at bats and could start ceding at bats to recent Triple-A call up Eric Campbell. Plawecki's emergence could also give the Mets flexiblity to consider dealing either him or d'Arnaud for a bat at a different position, such as shortstop or the outfield. Either way, Plawecki's development bears watching going forward.
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