Kevin 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.
Plawecki was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday. The Mets needed some extra catching depth with Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) a bit banged up, so Plawecki will head to the big leagues. The 26-year-old has been solid at the plate back in the minors this season (.270 batting average, seven RBI), but he still appears to be behind Rene Rivera in the pecking order for starts.
Plawecki was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. Plawecki had a respectable showing over 13 Grapefruit League games. While he went 7-for-26 (.269) with a home run, he also struck out eight times. As long as Travis d'Arnaud and Rene Rivera stay healthy, Plawecki will likely remain at the Triple-A level for most of the upcoming season.
Plawecki went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, his first of the spring, in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. With Travis d'Arnaud catching Noah Syndergaard in a minor league game Saturday, Plawecki got the start for the big league squad and took advantage of his opportunity. He's still likely ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas to begin the regular season, but d'Arnaud's extensive injury history offers Plawecki a chance for plenty of playing time with the Mets in 2017.
Plawecki (knee) will catch and bat eighth in the lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. After Plawecki hurt his left knee following a collision at home plate back on Feb. 25, the Mets have been bringing him along slowly. Plawecki returned to workouts last week and was able to DH in spring games the last two days without issue, so manager Terry Collins will now deploy him in his usual spot behind the plate. Though Plawecki is now healthy and in no danger of missing the start of the season, he still could be headed for Triple-A Las Vegas to kick off in 2017 in order to see everyday at-bats.
Plawecki (knee) will serve as the Mets' designated hitter for Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Plawecki had been out of the lineup for more than two weeks while dealing with a badly bruised left knee, and though he's yet to resume duties behind the plate, the fact that he's at least well enough to hit and run the bases Sunday is a step in the right direction. It's likely that the 26-year-old will get some time in at catcher before the spring draws to a close, but because of the extended action he's already missed, it appears he'll have little chance of beating out Rene Rivera for the No. 2 catching duties behind Travis d'Arnaud. Expect Plawecki to report to Triple-A Las Vegas to begin the 2017 season.
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