Thursday, November 15, 2012

Due to Plawecki Mets may only need a place holder..

In the few posts I've been making lately, I've focused on the catcher's position.  Many of us have speculated about what it would take to nab another teams top catching prospect like Travis d'Arnaud.  The organization has said it's more likely to trade for a catcher then to dip into the mediocre free agent catcher's market.

But the team might be more prudent to sign a veteran for a year or two because of their compensation for Jose Reyes' signing with the Marlins.  The Mets spent the 35th overall pick in the 2012 draft, a compensation pick they receive for Jose Reyes on Kevin Plawecki.

The scouting book ranks Plawecki the #11 catching prospect in all of baseball and he's the Mets top catching prospect as #16 on their prospect list at  Maybe the Mets only need a placeholder until Plawecki is ready...

A college catcher with a short, powerful stroke at the plate, Mets prospect Kevin Plawecki is a throwback tough-guy catcher whose game is already quite advanced. Given a year or three to absorb the finer points of game-calling, he could blossom into a regular on a rebuilt Mets club of the near future. source Scouting book

"Kevin is what we feel is the best catcher in the Draft, definitely the best defensive catcher," said Mets scouting director Tommy Tanous. "He's a really interesting player offensively. He does not strike out, yet he has a mix of power. We think this guy is going to be really special both defensively and offensively." source