Kevin Plawecki
Kevin Plawecki
28-Year-Old CatcherC
Cleveland Indians
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.14 million contract with the Indians in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Benched after two straight starts
CCleveland Indians
June 9, 2019
Plawecki is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees.
Plawecki surprisingly drew starts behind the plate in the first two games of the series, going hitless Friday before hitting a solo home run and driving in another on a sacrifice fly in Saturday's 8-4 win. Despite that quality showing, Plawecki still maintains a lackluster .171/.263/.343 slash line for the season and looks like the clear No. 2 backstop behind Roberto Perez, who rejoins the lineup Sunday.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .627 121 9 0 7 0 .219 .322 .305
Since 2017vs Right .701 370 42 12 45 1 .214 .314 .387
2019vs Left .457 29 1 0 4 0 .179 .207 .250
2019vs Right .634 67 6 2 5 0 .175 .284 .351
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
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OPS on Road
OPS on Road
OPS on Road
OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .640 239 23 10 27 1 .176 .264 .376
Since 2017Away .723 252 28 2 25 0 .254 .367 .357
2019Home .432 54 4 2 5 0 .102 .167 .265
2019Away .770 42 3 0 4 0 .278 .381 .389
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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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 this season's data (min 100 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Back to bench role
CCleveland Indians
June 2, 2019
Plawecki is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
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Filling in for Perez
CCleveland Indians
May 22, 2019
Plawecki will start at catcher and bat ninth Wednesday against the Athletics.
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Gets second start of series
CCleveland Indians
May 5, 2019
Plawecki will start at catcher and bat ninth Sunday against the Mariners, Mandy Bell of reports.
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Swats first homer
CCleveland Indians
April 6, 2019
Plawecki went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.
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Begins year as No. 2 catcher
CCleveland Indians
March 30, 2019
Plawecki is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins, Mandy Bell of reports.
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