New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki has five hits in his last 15 plate appearances, including a solo home run off Scott Kazmir in Monday's 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I'm just going up there trying to get good pitches to hit and putting my 'A' swing on them," Plawecki said after the game. "I definitely feel comfortable in the box. I'm just going to keep swinging it, keep putting good at-bats together, and just keep trying to hit the ball hard."
Plawecki took over as the team's everyday catcher on April 26 when Travis d'Arnaud ended up on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. D'Arnaud, who got a platelet-rich-plasma injection on Monday, has been able to hit, but not throw.
"I had a text from him after the game," Plawecki said of his friend, d'Arnaud, according to ESPN.com. "I don't think he's the type of person to really get down. Obviously anybody in his situation just wants to get healthy and get back. Hopefully that helps."
In January 2014, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo said Plawecki was on the verge of cracking the top 10 minor-league catchers in baseball.
"He has a knack for hitting for average and getting on base," said Mayo, who added, "If he displays a little more power and continues to prove to people that he can stay behind the plate, despite his big frame, he could be a big league regular someday."
Mayo wasn't the only one singing Plawecki's name. The Mets had been talking so much about him later that summer, that there was a point that winter when I convinced myself d'Arnaud would soon be traded and Plawecki would be handed the full-time gig to start 2015. Obviously, that didn't happen, which was smart given d'Arnaud's history with injuries. The Mets have two guys who complement one another. They're friends, they work well together, they're each capable of handling the staff and can be trusted with everyday at bats. It's a nice situation.
It also lets them not be pressured to rush d'Arnaud, who I'm prepared to see miss most of this season. If he ends up needing surgery on his rotator cuff, that's at least a six-month rehab, but the Mets will first try to solve the problem in other ways, which will take time off the field anyway. In either case, I assume d'Arnaud will be away from the team for at least another month or so, if not longer.
In the meantime, it's Plawecki's staff, and it's his time to show what he can do on a daily basis.