Kevin Plawecki
Kevin Plawecki
27-Year-Old CatcherC
New York Mets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Plawecki performed well in a part-time role for the Mets last season, hitting .260/.364/.400 in 118 plate appearances, good for a 106 wRC+ that ranked 13th among catchers with at least 100 plate appearances. The strong batting line was a surprise compared to his two previous stints in the majors, when he posted on-base and slugging percentages below .300. However, Plawecki hit .328/.375/.514 over 275 plate appearances at Triple-A Las Vegas last season, following a similar line at that level the year before. A similarly productive season next year could see Plawecki take the starting catcher job from teammate Travis d'Arnaud, who posted a 91 wRC+ last season. It likely won't be Plawecki's job out of camp, but he should at least start on the major-league roster and could easily steal the job if his performance continues to improve. Read Past Outlooks
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Out of Wednesday's lineup
CNew York Mets
September 19, 2018
Plawecki is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest against Philadelphia.
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Plawecki will receive a standard day off after starting three of the past four games behind the plate. Tomas Nido will catch Noah Syndergaard and bat eighth during the series finale.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .686 128 11 1 4 0 .243 .344 .342
Since 2016vs Right .680 389 37 9 47 1 .217 .325 .355
2018vs Left .727 56 8 0 2 0 .245 .339 .388
2018vs Right .713 192 23 6 25 0 .216 .330 .383
2017vs Left .643 34 0 0 0 0 .231 .412 .231
2017vs Right .805 84 11 3 13 1 .270 .345 .459
2016vs Left .651 38 3 1 2 0 .250 .289 .361
2016vs Right .530 113 3 0 9 0 .177 .301 .229
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+38%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .648 243 21 7 23 1 .193 .305 .343
Since 2016Away .711 278 27 3 28 0 .248 .354 .357
2018Home .673 114 10 4 12 0 .192 .289 .384
2018Away .749 138 21 2 15 0 .246 .372 .377
2017Home .804 60 8 3 9 1 .235 .333 .471
2017Away .723 58 3 0 4 0 .286 .397 .327
2016Home .462 69 3 0 2 0 .158 .304 .158
2016Away .639 82 3 1 9 0 .227 .293 .347
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How does Kevin Plawecki compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.48
 
BB Rate
11.1%
 
K Rate
22.9%
 
BABIP
.272
 
ISO
.159
 
AVG
.220
 
OBP
.333
 
SLG
.379
 
OPS
.712
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Plawecki suffered through a rocky rookie campaign in 2015, and although some believed he'd be better served getting everyday experience in the minors, he made the Opening Day roster as the backup catcher. An early-season injury to Travis d'Arnaud seemingly paved the way for a regular role, but Plawecki's struggles against big league pitching persisted, leading to a timeshare with Rene Rivera and eventually a demotion back to the minors. The 25-year-old did well with Triple-A Las Vegas, hitting .300 with an OPS of .832, but it just hasn't carried over yet to the majors. On the plus side, he demonstrated a decent eye at the plate and will likely improve upon a low .255 BABIP, and he's a solid pitch framer. However, it's hard to ignore Plawecki's horrid MLB numbers (58 wRC+ in 409 plate appearances). Rivera was brought back to serve as d'Arnaud's backup this season, so Plawecki should get everyday work at Triple-A until a need arises at the big league level.
The Mets turned to Plawecki after Travis d'Arnaud went down with an injury in late April, and the results in 73 games with the big club suggest he was not ready. His plate discipline unraveled against major-league pitching, as Plawecki struck out at a 23.3% clip while walking just 6.6% of the time, leading to a .576 OPS in 258 plate appearances. He had not posted a strikeout rate over 14 percent at any of his stops in the minors. Things only got worse down the stretch as Plawecki limped to a .148 average over the final month of the season (4-for-27) and did not log a single at-bat during the team's postseason run. He was able to offset his lack of offensive production to a certain extent in real life with his ability behind the dish, and the Mets may have Plawecki split time with d'Arnaud this season. Plawecki's ceiling is capped by his modest power, and the floor he showed in 2015 will likely keep him only on the margins of mixed-league consideration.
As a catcher with close proximity to the big leagues and the defense to stick behind the plate, Plawecki has some value. After being drafted with the 35th pick in the 2012 draft, Plawecki has hit at every level, sporting a .295/.372/.439 slash line in two-plus seasons in the minor leagues. He had 11 home runs and 24 doubles in 419 plate appearances between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014, so there’s a chance that he could offer 15-homer pop over a full season as a big leaguer. He will return to Las Vegas to start the 2015 campaign, as he played just 43 games at that level last season, but he may be blocked when he is ready for a promotion to the majors. Travis d’Arnaud is the team’s catcher of the future, but Plawecki should eventually displace Anthony Recker as d’Arnaud’s backup.
Plawecki, selected as first-round supplemental pick in 2012 out of Purdue, had a breakthrough 2013 campaign. He posted a .311/.388/.492 line with six home runs and 43 RBI in 65 games at Low-A Savannah to earn a promotion to High-A St. Lucie. Plawecki continued his fine play at St. Lucie and finished the season with a 42:53 BB:K in 521 plate appearances, and that steady eye at the plate has been a hallmark of his career. He is solid defensively, receiving pitches well and calling games effectively, but is just mediocre in terms of throwing out runners. Plawecki should hit for average in his career and provide decent power, and he will likely start 2014 back at St. Lucie.
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Hits bench Monday
CNew York Mets
September 17, 2018
Plawecki is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Phillies.
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Day off Friday
CNew York Mets
September 14, 2018
Plawecki is out of the lineup against the Red Sox on Friday.
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Takes seat for Game 2 of twin bill
CNew York Mets
September 13, 2018
Plawecki is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Marlins, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Not starting Wednesday
CNew York Mets
September 12, 2018
Plawecki is not in the lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
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On bench Saturday
CNew York Mets
September 8, 2018
Plawecki is not starting Saturday against the Phillies.
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