MetsBlog's Michael Baron caught up with the catching prospect at Citi Field this week...
Baron: Going to Las Vegas is difficult, both from a pitching perspective and managing a pitching staff. As a receiver, define your job in helping those pitchers adjust to those conditions.
Plawecki: Just like anywhere you play, there will be conditions where you have to make adjustments. Las Vegas is one of the tougher places to make such adjustments. Sometimes, you play in 110 degree heat, so it makes it very difficult. It’s important to get the pitchers a breather as much as possible, especially if there’s a long inning. Just talk with them in between innings about making the game quicker. It’s important to have a good game plan with your pitchers to get quick outs.
Baron: You played for two exceptional managers in 2014, Pedro Lopez and Wally Backman. Can you describe their managing styles and some of the differences between the two?
Plawecki: I had great experiences with both. Pedro is an unbelievable manager, and I had a great time in Binghamton the first two and a half months of the season. Both he and Wally are great player's coaches. They know when to turn it on when things needs to be discussed, either individually or the team in general. That isn’t everyday, so it’s not necessary to have a team meeting everyday. If you’re going through a rough patch, maybe they’d hold a team meeting to regain the focus with everybody. But both were a tremendous joy to play for, and there’s no doubt you’ll see both of them in the big leagues someday.
Baron: How does Wally’s experience transcend to you as a player and help you prepare for the big leagues?
Plawecki: He’s been here, he’s done it, and so he knows how we are feeling throughout the season. He understands the everyday grind, the ups and the downs. It’s one thing he was good about. He knows how to encourage you at all times. He’s a fun guy to be around and very energetic. He’s a great manager and we had a lot of fun in Las Vegas. It’s too bad we couldn’t finish the job in the playoffs.
He wants to win. Although its Triple-A and it’s a developmental stage, he wants to win. That’s what I think we are all there for. At the end of the day, we all want to win and it makes it a lot more fun.