Mets GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this week that he is comfortable again using Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki as his primary catchers in 2018.
"It's a big compliment for the both of us," d'Arnaud told reporters Wednesday. "We're working as hard as we can, especially for the pitchers to win ballgames and win series. This is all we can control."
D'Arnaud, 28, has four hits, including a home run and three RBI, during his last two games.
"Travis, over the course of the season, has improved," Alderson added. "Some of the more esoteric metrics that we look at indicate that."
"I also think Plawecki did himself a tremendous service going to (Triple-A) and applying himself and recognizing that he didn't have to simply accept a backup role going forward as a major-league catcher and that he could work toward the possibility of being an everyday guy," Alderson added.
In 64 games in Triple-A this summer, the 26-year-old Plawecki hit .328 with a .375 OBP, 17 doubles, nine HR and 45 RBI, while averaging just one strikeout every two games.
Maggie Wiggin, MetsBlog.com: Though he has been in and out of the major leagues since his 2015 debut, Plawecki has yet to prove himself capable of hitting at the major league level. But the departure of Rene Rivera has given him another opportunity to show he can adjust and provide value to the Mets. Plawecki would be considered well past the development phase of his career at any other position. But catchers do peak late and it's possible that Plawecki will earn a spot in the majors long-term...
Plawecki has shown excellent defensive tools as a catcher. He has a moderately good arm and blocks well, but he excels most in pitch-framing -- the catching skill with the biggest impact on run-prevention. He consistently ranks highly among major league catchers in runs saved via pitch-framing despite having relatively few innings >> Read more