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Kevin Jeffrey Plawecki (born February 26, 1991) is an American professional baseball catcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to his professional career, Plawecki played college baseball for the Purdue Boilermakers of Purdue University. He stands 6'2 inches tall and weighs 225 lbs.

Kevin Plawecki
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Plawecki with the Mets in 2016
New York Mets – No. 26
Catcher
Born: (1991-02-26) February 26, 1991 (age 27)
Hinsdale, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 2015, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.218
Home runs14
Runs batted in75
Teams

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Early life and high schoolEdit

Plawecki was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, on February 26, 1991. He attended Westfield High School in Westfield, Indiana, where he played for the school's baseball team.[1] He was named an All-State Class 4A honorable mention at catcher in his senior year.[2] He was not selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft following his senior year of high school.[3]

CollegeEdit

Plawecki enrolled at Purdue University, and played college baseball for the Purdue Boilermakers baseball team.[4] During the summer of 2010 he played for the Richmond RiverRats of the Prospect League, a collegiate summer baseball league.[5] He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament and 2012 Big Ten Conference Baseball Player of the Year.[3][6] He was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award in 2011 and one of its three finalists in 2012.[7][8]

Professional careerEdit

 
Plawecki with the Mets in Spring of 2015

Minor leaguesEdit

The New York Mets selected Plawecki in the first round, with the 35th overall selection, in the 2012 MLB Draft.[7] In 2013, he played for the Savannah Sand Gnats of the Class A South Atlantic League.[9][10] He was promoted to the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, and to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League for the Eastern League playoffs.[11]

In 2014, the Mets invited Plawecki to spring training.[12][13][14][15] He started the 2014 season with the Binghamton Mets, where he hit .326 with six home runs and 43 RBIs in 224 at-bats.[16][17] Plawecki was selected to play for the U.S. Team in the 2014 All-Star Futures Game, along with Noah Syndergaard.[18] After batting .326 for Binghamton, the Mets promoted Plawecki to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League on June 24.[17]

The Mets invited Plawecki to spring training in 2015, and reassigned him to minor league camp so that he could start the 2015 season with Las Vegas.[19] After Travis d'Arnaud went on the disabled list with a broken hand on April 19, 2015, the Mets announced they would promote Plawecki to the major leagues.[20]

Major leaguesEdit

Plawecki made his Major League debut on April 21, 2015 against the Atlanta Braves. He got his first career hit off Trevor Cahill and finished the game 2-for-4, with two runs scored.[21] During a game against the New York Yankees on April 25, 2015, Plawecki hit his first career home run off CC Sabathia en route to an 8-2 victory.[22] Plawecki became the first player to hit his first career home run in a Mets-Yankees Subway Series game.[23]

Plawecki began experiencing dizziness in June, which sidelined him from playing for several games.[24] He was demoted to the Las Vegas 51s on August 11,[25] and recalled on September 1 due to expanded rosters in September.[26] Plawecki finished the season with a .219 batting average with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 73 games played.[27]

Plawecki had surgery on his paranasal sinuses during the 2015-16 offseason to address his dizziness.[27] He batted .197 in 48 games for the Mets in 2016, spending the rest of the season with Las Vegas.[28]

In an April 30, 2017 game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Plawecki was brought in to pitch for the first time since he was 14 years old. He was the first Mets position player to pitch since Anthony Recker in 2013, also against the Nationals at Nationals Park. He threw only fastballs, giving up four runs over two innings. One of those was Anthony Rendon's third home run of the game. The Mets lost 23-5.[29]

Plawecki suffered a broken hand on April 11, 2018.[30]

Personal lifeEdit

Plawecki grew up in Westfield, Indiana, with his parents and younger brother. His father coached his youth baseball teams.[31]

Plawecki and his wife, Tayler, were married in November 2015.[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nelsen, Chris (May 3, 2008). "Catcher is steady as a rock". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved May 20, 2013. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "High schools". The Journal Gazette. July 2, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Meet Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki: Fiery, talented and in New York ahead of schedule". NJ.com. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Ambrogi, Mark (November 15, 2008). "Plawecki will head to Purdue". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved May 20, 2013. (subscription required)
  5. ^ "Former RiverRat gets the call".
  6. ^ "Big Ten Conference Baseball Record Book" (PDF). BigTen.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Mets pick patient catcher Kevin Plawecki at 35th overall in Draft | mets.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. June 4, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  8. ^ "Plawecki selected for Johnny Bench Award watch list - Purdue Exponent: Baseball". Purdue Exponent. March 8, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  9. ^ Dominitz, Nathan (May 10, 2013). "Plawecki's education continues with Gnats". savannahnow.com. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  10. ^ Lee, David (May 18, 2013). "Catcher Kevin Plawecki lifts Sand Gnats over GreenJackets | The Augusta Chronicle". Chronicle.augusta.com. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  11. ^ "Plawecki, Reynolds promoted to B-Mets". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  12. ^ "Nimmo, Plawecki are bats of Mets' future". New York Post. February 13, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  13. ^ "Backstop Plawecki impressing with Mets - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  14. ^ "Kevin Plawecki gives Mets' organization depth at catcher". Newsday. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  15. ^ "A Luxury For the Mets: Two Promising Catchers in d'Arnaud and Plawecki". New York Times. February 26, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  16. ^ "Heavy-Hitters: Dustin Lawley, Kevin Plawecki will be counted on to lead the Binghamton Mets offense". Shreveport Times. April 2, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  17. ^ a b "Plawecki promoted to Las Vegas". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  18. ^ "Big league power highlights Futures Game rosters". Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  19. ^ Rubin, Adam (March 20, 2015). "Kevin Plawecki, two others sent to New York Mets minor league camp - ESPN New York". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  20. ^ "Mets to bring up Kevin Plawecki and Hansel Robles to replace injured Travis d'Arnaud, Jerry Blevins". NJ.com. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  21. ^ "Mets' Kevin Plawecki impresses in major league debut vs. Atlanta Braves". NJ.com. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  22. ^ Baer, Bill. "Plawecki hits first MLB home run as Mets win 8-2 over Yankees". NBC Sports Hardball Talk. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  23. ^ "Plawecki Makes Subway Series History with First MLB Homer". PurdueSports.com. CBS Interactive. April 25, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  24. ^ "Plawecki is undergoing further tests due to dizziness". MetsBlog. June 11, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  25. ^ "Recker promoted; Plawecki to AAA, where he may play 1B". MetsBlog. August 12, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  26. ^ "Mets call up Campbell, Nieuwenhuis, Young Jr. and Plawecki; Activate Matz, Parnell and Goeddel". MetsBlog. September 1, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  27. ^ a b c McCarron, Anthony (February 9, 2016). "Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki opens up about sinus surgery, friendship with Travis d'Arnaud". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  28. ^ "Mets hopeful d'Arnaud, Plawecki will improve".
  29. ^ Rieber, Anthony (April 30, 2017). "Catcher Plawecki does emergency mound duty". Newsday. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  30. ^ https://nypost.com/2018/04/13/kevin-plaweckis-hand-is-broken-and-the-mets-are-in-trouble/
  31. ^ "'Better than d'Arnaud': The boundless optimism around Plawecki - New York Post". New York Post. Retrieved April 25, 2015.

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