No. 7: Kevin Plawecki, C
Drafted by the Mets in the first round (supplemental) of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft (Purdue University).
The 2012 first-rounder continued his growth on both sides of the ball in 2013, ultimately ending the season as a top-tier prospect in the system. After a very strong run with Savannah, the 22-year-old batted .294/.391/.392 in his first shot at Advanced-A, featuring his customarily excellent strikeout-to-walk rate (21:19). Additionally, he received praise for his improved work behind the plate, including better footwork as well as game-calling skills while maintaining strong a 30% caught stealing rate.
(Photo credit: Tracy Proffitt)
Though he'll likely never win any Gold Gloves, Plawecki is effectively shaking off questions about his long-term defensive home. And though his power projection may never resemble the current 'catcher of the future', Travis d'Arnaud, his high contact, high on-base profile bodes well for a meaningful career at the highest levels. It remains to be seen whether he'll top out as just a major league backup or continue to develop the kind of offensive skillset to justify regular at bats; likely his burgeoning hit tool will tell that story and if 2013 is our model it's easy to see a solid all-around, league-average catcher here -- a very valuable thing. In any case it's refreshing to declare that the club has a couple of major league-caliber catching prospects for a change.