Kevin Plawecki, C
Player Data: Age: 26, B/T: Right/Right, Free Agency: 2022
2017 Primary Stats: .260/.364/.400, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 14 BB, 17 K, 11 R, 37 G, 0.7 WAR
2017 Review: Kevin Plawecki only played parts of the season with the big league club for the third straight year. Overall, Plawecki yet again did not impress.
He was called up from the minors on April 20 and got his first at-bats of the season on April 23. In the first half he had three hits, no home runs, and four RBI in 10 games and 24 at-bats. Plawecki did not get much playing time and he couldn’t do anything with the little time he did get. He was given a grade of F here at Mets Merized for his first-half performance.
However, Placwecki’s performance in the second half of the season was much better in comparison. After being called up from the minors on August 19, Plawecki put together a .364/.440/.591 slash line in eight August games and 22 at-bats. He followed that up with a .283/.406/.434 slash line with two home runs and six RBI in a larger sample size during September. That larger sample size included 18 games and 53 at-bats. It was the most at-bats he had gotten in a month since May 2016.
Offensively speaking, this was Plawecki’s best season. He had an overall better slash line than in 2015 or 2016. He did have the same number of home runs and eight more RBI in 2015, but that was also in 36 more games and 133 more at bats. His 0.7 oWAR in 2017 was better than his 0.2 oWAR in 2015 and his -0.2 oWAR in 2016.
Defensively speaking, this was not Plawecki’s finest year. He has never quite been a defensive wiz in the majors and this year he compiled a career-low 0.2 dWAR.
Did You Know:
Plawecki made his professional pitching debut on April 30. It was the first time he had pitched since he was 14 years old.
Plawecki did not prove he should be the starter in 2017. Unfortunately he was not even the Mets best catcher in September. Travis d’Arnaud‘s best month came at the same time. However, the production he put up towards the end of the season may have bought him more time with the team.
If the Mets hold onto him, expect him to play a similar role in 2018 that he played in September; splitting time with d’Arnaud at catcher.