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.
Roster rule changes help chances
CBoston Red Sox
March 30, 2020
The Red Sox may keep both Plawecki and Jonathan Lucroy if MLB expands rosters from 26 to 29 players for the first month of an abbreviated season, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
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Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke had wavered on the notion of keeping three catchers before the coronavirus pandemic forced MLB to halt baseball. He first said he couldn't envision a scenario where the Red Sox retained three catchers, then said he was open to the idea. If MLB adopts the roster expansion as expected, Boston will have the luxury of carrying two backup catchers over the first month of the season, giving Roenicke time to evaluate which is the best fit to back up Christian Vazquez.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
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7
18
8
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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#9
3
9
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .640 145 11 1 10 0 .220 .317 .323
Since 2017vs Right .699 424 46 12 50 1 .225 .317 .382
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
2017vs Left .643 34 0 0 0 0 .231 .412 .231
2017vs Right .805 84 11 3 13 1 .270 .345 .459
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+36%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .647 270 27 11 32 1 .184 .267 .381
Since 2017Away .717 299 30 2 28 0 .261 .362 .354
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
2017Home .804 60 8 3 9 1 .235 .333 .471
2017Away .723 58 3 0 4 0 .286 .397 .327
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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
0.39
 
BB Rate
6.9%
 
K Rate
17.8%
 
BABIP
.256
 
ISO
.120
 
AVG
.222
 
OBP
.287
 
SLG
.342
 
OPS
.629
 
wOBA
.282
 
Exit Velocity
85.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.7%
 
Barrels/PA
3.4%
 
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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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Holds own in job battle
CBoston Red Sox
March 12, 2020
Plawecki went 1-for-2 with a double in Wednesday's spring game against the Rays.
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Signs with Red Sox
CBoston Red Sox
January 2, 2020
Plawecki agreed to a contract with the Red Sox on Thursday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Cut loose by Cleveland
CFree Agent
December 2, 2019
Plawecki was non-tendered by the Indians on Monday, Tribeinsider reports.
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Drives in three runs
CCleveland Indians
August 26, 2019
Plawecki went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI on Sunday in the Indians' 9-8 loss to the Royals in 10 innings.
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Moves back to bench
CCleveland Indians
August 4, 2019
Plawecki is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels.
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