Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 7/25/13
Thoughts from Joe D. I wanted to chime in on a post that appeared here yesterday. It was an excellent discussion about the possibility of trading Travis d’Arnaud for Jurickson Profar, where Kevin Plawecki would fit in, and the possibility of taking a flyer on the currently injured Corey Hart who becomes a free agent after this season. First, I disagree that a lot needs to fall in place for Plawecki to be a solid major league catcher. He already has a leg up on D’Arnaud defensively and that’s not even a debate. Plawecki is also a better contact hitter, understands the strike zone, and doesn’t have a noisy swing like D’Arnaud. His swing has a natural upper cut as it moves across the plate which may suggest a power spike in his future. His 38 doubles and 14 home runs in 550 pro at-bats is an indicator of his power potential. What strikes me and a scout I spoke to most about Plawecki, is his mean streak and toughness behind the plate. He’s had three collisions at the plate that not only...
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