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Top 25 Mets Prospects for 2015, #5: Kevin Plawecki

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Trade chip or catching depth, the 2012 first-rounder has emerged as one of the organization's most valuable prospects.

Bryan Green

No. 6 - Kevin Plawecki, C

Selected by the New York Mets in the first round (35th overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Purdue University.

2014 Statistics:

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Jeff says:

"On a team without Travis d'Arnaud, Plawecki would probably be headed to spring training with a chance to win a major league job. On the Mets, he is probably ticketed for a one-way flight to Vegas. The talk that Plaw might be the Mets more immediate catcher of the future died down once d'Arnaud came back from Triple-A and raked, but the Purdue product is a close to major-league-ready option that could back-up d'Arnaud, cover for an injury, or be a useful trade piece come July when the Mets are preparing to make a deadline deal to help shore up a playoff spot (it's February, a guy can dream).

The book hasn't changed much on Plawecki since draft day: The defensive profile is still fringy due to a below-average arm and some stiffness behind the plate, but he just barrels baseballs. If you are good enough to stick as a catcher (he is, though he will never be mistaken for a Molina), and you can hit some (I think he will), you'll have a long major league career."