Kevin Plawecki
Kevin Plawecki
29-Year-Old CatcherC
Boston Red Sox
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Plawecki looked to be in line for a fairly even split of catching duties with Roberto Perez in his first season in Cleveland. However, Perez experienced an offensive renaissance while Plawecki's numbers fell off, so he wound up making just 46 starts to Perez's 115. Plawecki's batting average ticked up slightly from .210 to .222, but his lack of power and walks meant that his wRC+ plummeted from 93 to 63. Five seasons into his big-league career, he looks firmly like a backup catcher, with little hope of being anything more after signing a one-year deal with Boston. He's never come to the plate more than 300 times in a season and owns a career .218/.304/.332 slash line with just 17 homers in 297 games. Even if he ends up with an unexpectedly large share of at-bats this season, there's not much here to interest fantasy owners in most leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Red Sox in January of 2020.
Drives in two
CBoston Red Sox
September 17, 2020
Plawecki went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Marlins.
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Plawecki got the Red Sox on the board in the top of the sixth inning, driving in two on a single to left field. The backup catcher has been making the most of his opportunities of late, coming through with a base knock in four of his last five contests. He's driven in six runs over that stretch.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+38%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .693 134 14 2 16 0 .250 .306 .387
Since 2018vs Right .675 381 38 9 45 1 .220 .313 .361
2020vs Left .957 23 3 1 6 0 .391 .391 .565
2020vs Right .693 41 3 0 8 1 .270 .341 .351
2019vs Left .565 53 3 1 7 0 .200 .245 .320
2019vs Right .658 121 10 2 10 0 .231 .306 .352
2018vs Left .700 58 8 0 3 0 .235 .328 .373
2018vs Right .681 219 25 7 27 0 .203 .312 .369
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+295%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+36%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .687 249 25 9 34 1 .214 .285 .402
Since 2018Away .672 266 27 2 27 0 .241 .336 .336
2020Home 1.126 39 6 1 11 1 .444 .487 .639
2020Away .285 25 0 0 3 0 .125 .160 .125
2019Home .532 85 8 3 10 0 .154 .212 .321
2019Away .722 89 5 0 7 0 .288 .360 .363
2018Home .654 125 11 5 13 0 .182 .272 .382
2018Away .710 152 22 2 17 0 .234 .351 .359
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.20
 
BB Rate
3.1%
 
K Rate
15.6%
 
BABIP
.367
 
ISO
.117
 
AVG
.317
 
OBP
.359
 
SLG
.433
 
OPS
.793
 
wOBA
.351
 
Exit Velocity
84.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.0%
 
Barrels/PA
5.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Coming off his best season (107 wRC+ in 118 PA), Plawecki opened the 2018 campaign sharing catching duties with Travis d'Arnaud. It wasn't long before Plawecki assumed the lead role when d'Arnaud was shelved after Tommy John surgery. Not long thereafter, Plawecki broke his hand getting hit by a pitch. When he returned in late May, he was in a timeshare with Devin Mesoraco. Plawecki failed to build on the previous year's success, posting a 93 wRC+ in 277 plate appearances. However, his defense was above average which has become increasingly important in recent seasons. This should be enough to assure Plawecki at least a 50-50 workload split following a January trade to Cleveland, but unless he reverts back to 2017 form at the plate, which is unlikely, he won't be worth a spot in an active fantasy lineup, even in deep, two-catcher formats.
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.
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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Rejoins lineup Friday
CBoston Red Sox
September 11, 2020
Plawecki (hand) is batting fifth as the designated hitter Friday at Tampa Bay, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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X-rays negative
CBoston Red Sox
Hand
September 6, 2020
Plawecki (hand) underwent an X-ray that came back negative, and he'll be evaluated again Monday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
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Exits game after HBP
CBoston Red Sox
Hand
September 6, 2020
Plawecki exited Sunday's game after being hit by a pitch near his right hand, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
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Fills in for Vazquez
CBoston Red Sox
August 18, 2020
Plawecki entered Monday's game after Christian Vazquez was removed with a heel injury. He went 0-for-1 in a 6-3 loss to the Yankees.
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Drives in three
CBoston Red Sox
August 13, 2020
Plawecki went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI in Thursday's loss to the Rays.
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