Jose Reyes’ last gift to Met fans is the compensation pick the Mets acquired from Miami. We won’t linger for long on the bitter disappointment in not trading Reyes for more than a compensation rounder because this post isn’t about Reyes. It’s about Kevin Plawecki.
Plawecki is a sizeable guy, at 6’2” and 205 pounds he has the body to drive the ball with authority. That doesn’t necessarily translate into oodles of power but it does mean that he’s capable of hitting with some power. The biggest tool Plawecki DOES bring to the table is contact/patience.
Thus far in 2012 he’s batting .264 for the Brooklyn Cyclones. This is okay but what is fun, is if you look farther right on the stat line you’ll notice that he’s got 17 walks and only 11 strikeouts. He’s also out slugging his OBP which is a solid sign of developing power. In his past 10 games he has 2 doubles and 2 HRs.
Also on Plawecki’s side is his defense. He’s noted for coming into the pros with good footwork and the ability to block the plate. Scouts loved his leadership and energy and he sounds like he could be a franchise backstop if his bat keeps up. Scouts are less optimistic about his arm which is probably his weakest tool. He will need to get better at throwing out runners or learn to hit like Mike Piazza. (If he can hit like Piazza, I don’t care if he has a 0% thrown out rate.)
Plawecki will start 2012 in Savannah which should sap his power. Keep an eye on his doubles and imagine that some of those doubles might go over the fence in other ball parks. If Plawecki progresses to Port St. Lucie in 2014 and steps up to Binghamton in 2015, it’s not absurd to pencil him into the 2016 lineup. Catchers develop slower and it’s hard for me to see Plawecki’s bat forcing the Mets to move faster.
Around The Minors:
Maybe It’s Me But – Josh Satin looks like a great future bench player and I’ll be sad to see him walk from the team if we can’t fit him into the 40 man roster.
Am I The Only One Who Sees – Chris Schwinden and thinks he could still be a major-league innings eater?
Don’t Look Now But – Wilmer Flores is hitting again. He’s got a .918 OPS over his last 10 games and he’s playing mostly second base.
Not For Nothing But – Mark Cohoon was the player of the week. The 9 inning, 2 hit gem (with 10 Ks) probably had something to do with it.
Someone Explain Why – Armando Rodriguez is starting again. He was switched to relief and now back to the rotation… color me confused.
A+, Port St. Lucie
Perhaps You’d Like To Meet – Alonzo Harris, who is leading Port St. Lucie. He’s a converted 2B who has found a home in the outfield and learned to get on base now that he’s less concerned with the long ball. He’s likely a 4th OF.
When Does The Bubble Burst On – T.J. Rivera? He keeps hitting. He’s now hitting .305 through 47 games in the FSL and he’s managed to keep his SLG above .400.
Hopefully It’s Nothing But – Aderlin Rodriguez might be hurt. He has 4 HRs in his last 5 games but he last played on Aug 8th.
I Love – Jacob deGrom! He’s now in Port St. Lucie and his first outing was a 1 hitter. He DID walk 3 but with 8 Ks I’m not concerned.
The Bat Is Not The Concern With – Camden Maron. He’s got a .799 OPS on the year that has it’s share of power, but I’m hearing concerns about his defense.
Who Loves Doubles – Brandon Nimmo loves doubles! He’s got 8 doubles in his last 10 games. He’s also hitting .442 and doing everything but stealing bases.
Control Is Key For – Gabriel Ynoa and Hansel Robles. Ynoa pitched 7 scoreless innings on the 7th and K’d 8 with no walks. Robles pitched 8 on the 10th and K’d 7 with no walks. Between the two there were only 5 hits.
Don’t Look Now – Akeel Morris has been sighted. He’s had a rough year but his most recent 5 inning outing was spiffy and the 9 Ks point to the idea that Morris still has swing and miss stuff.
The Mets Really Have Something With – Vicente Lupo. He’s got a 1.119 OPS ON THE YEAR! He’s hitting .343 with a .489 OBP and a .630 SLG. He’s stolen 10 bases and he’s hit 10 HRs in 57 games. Looking for a whacky stat? He had 5 walks on August 13th. This raised his BB:K ratio to 1:1.
Looking For More Catchers? Well There’s – Manuel Hilario who is hitting .280 with a .829 OPS on the year. Hilario also has 19 SBs to 1 CS… for a catcher… that’s pretty cool.