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Saturday, June 21, 2014

NY Post: The challenger to d’Arnaud’s status as Mets’ catcher of future

After a pedestrian April, when he hit just .250 with three extra-base hits for Double-A Binghamton, the 23-year-old [Kevin Plawecki] has been on a tear since the calendar turned to May, hitting .352 with a .946 OPS. His totals for the season stood at .326 with six homers and 41 RBIs heading into Friday. 

Plawecki has caught the eye of an American League scout, who called him a “future All-Star” and “the best catcher in the organization.”

“He can hit, catch, throw,” the scout said. “His mechanical flaws are easily correctable. From level to level, he needs to get [locked] in with his arm action and the arm path, and once he gets that locked down, he’s going to have a better-than-average arm.”

bobm Posted: June 21, 2014 at 07:52 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bug Selig Posted: June 21, 2014 at 10:12 AM (#4732151)
Well, D'Arnaud is certainly doing everything he can to help Plawecki's cause.
   2. jobu Posted: June 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM (#4732153)
I learned from the article that there is apparently named "Rouglas."

The ability to make contact consistently and not be able to strike out that many times, that’s impressive,” said Akron hitting coach Rouglas Odor, who watched Plawecki go 7-for-21 against his team in a five-game series last week. “He has pop in his bat — you don’t see it right now, but maybe in the future.”
   3. PreservedFish Posted: June 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM (#4732168)
Must be related to ROOGned, right?
   4. PreservedFish Posted: June 21, 2014 at 11:14 AM (#4732170)
D'Arnaud, of course, is hitting like .450 in AAA. But that robust .189 career batting average has caused ZiPs to dial down his in-season projection to an 87 wRC+. D'Arnaud's 25 years old. At this point I think the reasonable hope is that he becomes a competent starter, perhaps a Damian Miller type. "Catcher of the future" seems wildly optimistic.
   5. billyshears Posted: June 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM (#4732187)
D'Arnaud is a catcher - give him bit of rope. Plawecki is pressuring him, but I'm not ready to write D'Arnaud off yet as merely serviceable.
   6. bobm Posted: June 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM (#4732188)
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4732204)
“He can hit, catch, throw,” the scout said. “His mechanical flaws are easily correctable.

In ten minutes?
   8. Lindor Truffles Posted: June 21, 2014 at 05:37 PM (#4732440)
[3] uncle and nephew, apparently

And Rougned has a younger brother...named Rougned. I don't know if their dad was a fan of George Foreman or what with this naming convention.
   9. formerly dp Posted: June 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM (#4733441)
D'Araud has to come up tomorrow, right? They also may be dumping CYoung when Lagares comes back-- I thought he was a good pickup when they signed him, but he's been a disappointment on every level.

I don't know why they're intent on turning 2014 into a lost year for Flores. If they don't see him as pat of their future, they could at least be pumping his trade value by letting him tear up AAA while proving he's passable at SS. Meanwhile, after a nice couple of weeks, Tejada's now hitting .226/.328/.321 in June, with that slugging percentage propped up by his homer on 6/4. Flores hasn't hit well yet, but he also hasn't been given two weeks of continuous playing time to settle into any sort of groove.
   10. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: June 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM (#4733521)
I don't know why they're intent on turning 2014 into a lost year for Flores.

Yes, their treatment of him is utterly baffling, only makes sense if they've both written him off as a prospect AND don't think that anyone else sees him as one either.

Does anyone have any thoughts on Dilson Herrera's glove? He's been playing at short recently, the Pirate originally had him at 3b, so he's seemingly gone from 3b to 2B to SS- and as many have noted you just don't see many players move that direction along the defensive spectrum.

   11. formerly dp Posted: June 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM (#4733567)
Yes, their treatment of him is utterly baffling, only makes sense if they've both written him off as a prospect AND don't think that anyone else sees him as one either.
In spite of a slow start, Flores was hitting .307/.360/.500 as a 22 year-old in AAA. Between this season and last, he's got a combined .318/.357/.524 line there, playing mainly 2B and SS. I sort of wonder if this is Alderson and Collins not being on the same page, where Alderson called Flores up to play, and Collins renewed his like for Tejada when the latter went on a little bit of a hot streak. It also seems like Tejada's defense has improved as the season's gone along, though I haven't been watching as many games in the past month as I was earlier in the season. Just don't get it-- Flores hasn't even been getting pinch-hitting appearances regularly-- so they have a bat-only backup infielder that they're not even using for his bat. And FWIW, in June, he has more XBHs than Tejada despite having almost half as many plate appearances.
Does anyone have any thoughts on Dilson Herrera's glove?
Wonder if moving him there says anything about their plans for Murphy? The market for Murphy seems not to have materialized, and I'm coming closer to the "extend him" camp.

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