Mets Select Purdue Catcher Kevin Plawecki With 35th Overall Pick

An article by posted on June 4, 2012

The Mets have selected catcher Kevin Plawecki from Purdue with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 first year player draft.

Jonathan Mayo says:

“Plawecki is an offensive catcher with a lot of ability with the bat. He makes consistent contact with a short swing that allows him to stay in the center of the field. With a contact first approach, Plawecki’s power is fringy right now, but there’s a lot of strength to potentially tap into in the future. While his arm is fringe average, at best, the other parts of his defensive game are more than fine to stay behind the plate. He works with pitchers well, calling his own game. He has good hands, frames pitches and blocks them well. He has the size and body frame you want from a catcher.”

MLB Draft Countdown says:

Aside from Mike Zunino, there isn’t much to get excited about when looking at the crop of college catchers. The second tier (Zunino is the sole member of the first) is comprised of a group that is spearheaded by Purdue backstop Kevin Plawecki, arguably the top performer this season after the Gators highly regarded catcher.

Whereas Plawecki doesn’t have any one trait that paints him as a future superstar, few have doubts that he has the polish to go along with the offensive ability and defensive chops to be an everyday catcher in the big-leagues. For starters, he guided the Boilermakers to their first-ever Big Ten Championship, and along with it, their first No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Plawecki was the team’s top offensive playmaker, hitting .365/.454/.567, racking up a team-leading 20 doubles and six homers along the way.

Once again, he showed his incredible ability to make contact. With a mere eight strikeouts this season (compared to 24 walks), Plawecki now has just 29 career punchouts. That alone would be enough to get him drafted, but Plawecki also offers impressive defensive ability. Unlike most college catchers, he calls his own games, and despite having less than impressive arm strength, he has been consistently posted some of the best caught stealing ratios in the Big Ten during his career.

Plawecki, 21, is batting .359 with 20 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 47 RBI in 223 at-bats in 2012 for Purdue.

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