Kevin Plawecki: Plawecki was drafted 35th overall by the Mets in 2012 and he was sent to play in Brooklyn. The college catcher proved to be a solid (albeit safe) pick as he turned in good (if not overwhelming) numbers. Plawecki managed a triple slash of .250/.345/.384 which is respectable over his 61 game debut in professional sports.
Scouting: At 6’2” and 215 pounds it is Plawecki’s body and not necessarily his history that suggests power.
Fielding: Plawecki is expected to have the defensive chops to be a good catcher but projects as more of a offensive catcher than a defensive catcher… which I frankly prefer.
The Bat: I like the bat and believe in Plawecki. The major asset as I see it is his eye. In 252 plate appearances he struck out 24 times and walked 25 times. It’s also worth noting that he managed 7 Home Runs and 8 Doubles.
ETA: Catchers don’t “Zip” through the minors. Plawecki will probably be heading to Savannah where he’ll get to play a full year. His power SHOULD dip and that is fine but if he can manage to hit at .250+ he’s still on target for his evolution. Now… Plawecki doesn’t project to unseat Travis d’Arnaud. Plawecki will either be trade fodder, a backup candidate or a plan B for d’Arnaud not living up to the hype.
Mets Top 20 Prospects:
13. Kevin Plawecki, C (Full Season A) [2016 Catching Depth]
14. Hansel Robles, RHP (Full Season A) [2016 Rotation Battle]
15. Gabriel Ynoa, RHP (Full Season A) [2016 Rotation Battle]
16. Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B (A+) [2016 1B or DH]
17. Jack Leathersich, LHP (AA) [2014 Bullpen… 2015 Closer?]
18. Cory Vaughn, OF (AA) [AAAA]
19. Jacob deGrom, RHP (AA) [2014 Bullpen]
20. Steven Matz, LHP (Full Season A) [2016 Bullpen]