Full name is Kevin Jeffrey Plawecki (“pluh-WECK-ee”)...He and his wife, Tayler, have two sons, Kasen and Krew...Played three seasons at Purdue University, where his wife played soccer...named PU’s 2012 Male Athlete of the Year...Became the first player in school history to be named Big Ten Player of the Year (2012)...also named Most Outstanding Player at the 2012 Big Ten tournament...In 2012, was a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation’s top collegiate catcher...Struck out just 29 times in 638 career AB at Purdue...Graduated from Westfield (IN) High School.
In his 1st season with the Red Sox, set career highs in AVG (.341), OBP (.393), SLG (.463), and OPS (.857)...Averaged a career-best 4.82 at-bats per RBI (17 RBI in 82 AB)...Started 20 games at catcher and two at DH...also made two appearances at 1B and one as a pitcher...Threw out four of 16 runners attempting to steal (25.0%)...also picked off a runner and recorded only one passed ball in 158.1 innings caught...Went 3-for-7 (.429) in July, then hit .333 in both August (10-for-30) and September (15-for-45)...Hit above .320 against both LHP (.367, 11-for-30) and RHP (.327, 17-for-52)...In 15 home games, batted .412 with 13 RBI and a 1.052 OPS (21-for-51, 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR)...Batted .415 with runners on base (17-for-41), including .429 with RISP (12-for-28) and .563 with RISP & 2 outs (9- for-16)...went 1-for-1 with the bases loaded...Hit .452 with 2 outs (14-for-31)...Made his fifth career pitching appearance on 8/13 vs. TB (see box above)...also went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI, becoming the third player since 1901 to pitch and catch in the same game, and record multiple hits and multiple RBI...Recorded at least one hit in each of his first five games with an at-bat, all starts at catcher (7/25-8/13)...that is the longest season-opening hit streak by a Red Sox catcher since Tony Peña in 1990 (15 games)...had a .524 OBP in those five games, going 9-for-19 (.474) with 6 RBI.
Spent the entire season on an active ML roster (CLE) for the first time in his career...Made 46 starts at catcher (57 games)...CLE pitchers recorded a 3.96 ERA when Plawecki was behind the plate (184 ER/418.0 IP)...Over his final 30 games from 6/15 through the end of the season, hit .277 (23-for-83)...Made his 3rd and 4th career pitching appearances, retiring all 6 batters faced on just 19 pitches...Tossed a perfect inning on 4/21 vs. ATL and 5/5 vs. SEA...Had a season-high 3 RBI on 8/25 vs. KC (2-for-4, HR).
Earned his second career Opening Day roster (the other was 2016) out of spring training and played in a career-high 79 games, setting career highs in doubles (13), triples (two), home runs (seven), RBI (30), walks (28), runs (33) and extra-base hits (22)...Suffered a non-displaced hairline fracture of his left hand after being hit by a pitch on April 11 at Miami...Was on the 10-Day disabled list from April 13-May 27...Drove in 14 runs in August (22 games)...Reached base four times (2B, 1B, 2 BB) on Opening Day, March 29 vs. St. Louis...The last Mets catcher to reach base safely at least four times in an opener was Todd Hundley, who did so on April 26, 1995 when he reached base five times....Set a career high with four RBI on June 24 vs. the Dodgers...Hit his first-career grand slam on August 15 at Baltimore...Also tied his career high with four in RBI in that game...Turned in a career-high four hits in the first game of a doubleheader at Philadelphia on August 16, going 4-4 with a double, triple, three RBI and two walks.
Was with the Mets from April 19-May 25 and August 19 through the remainder of the season...Batted .303 (23-76) with four doubles, three homers, nine RBI and 12 walks in 27 games for the Mets after being recalled on August 19...His three homers matched his career-high (also 2015)...Threw out 6-of-31 potential basestealers (19%)...Worked 1.0 scoreless inning on August 29 at Cincinnati in his second relief appearance of the season...The only other Mets position player to be used as a reliever twice in one season was Matt Franco, who worked in two games in 1999...Also pitched 2.0 innings on April 30 at Washington...Allowed three home runs...Prior to Plawecki, the last Mets position player to pitch was Anthony Recker on June 30, 2013 vs. Washington...Made his first career appearance/start at first base in the second game of a doubleheader on September 25 at Atlanta... The only other player in team history to play first base, catcher and pitch in the same season was Todd Zeile, who did so in 2004...After the Triple-A All-Star break, Plawecki batted .344 (33-96) for Las Vegas.
Made his first Opening Day roster....Optioned to Las Vegas (AAA) on June 21 and recalled on September 1...In his 45 games behind the plate, Mets pitching had a 3.47 ERA (135 earned runs/349.2 innings) with opposing hitters batting .252...Threw out 10 of 41 potential basestealers (24.4%)...Five of his 11 RBI either gave the Mets the lead or tied the game (three go-ahead, two game-tying)...Recorded his only game-winning RBI of the season when he drove in both runs in the Mets' 2-1 win over Miami on April 13 at Citi Field...His two-run single broke a 0-0 tie in the seventh inning...Hit his only home run of the season on May 9 at Los Angeles-NL...In 55 games for the 51s, he batted .300 (57-190) with 11 doubles, eight home runs, 40 RBI and 13 walks...Hit .305 (29-95) with six doubles in 25 games in August.
Named to the roster for the NL Wild Card Game vs. San Francisco but did not appear in the game.
Had his contract selected from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League on April 21... Optioned to Vegas on August 12...Recalled on September 1 and spent the rest of the regular season with the Mets....Went 2-4 and scored two runs in his major league debut on April 21 vs. Atlanta...Was the sixth player in franchise history (and first since Carlos Gomez in 2007) to pick up both two hits and score two runs in his major league debut...Is the first Mets catcher to score two or more runs in his major league debut...Hit his first career home run, a two-out, tworun shot, on April 25 at Yankee Stadium...Went 2-4 with three RBI...Became the third catcher in franchise history to have a home run in one of his first four games...Was the first player for either team to hit his first ML home run in a Subway Series game... Threw out 11-of-43 (26%) runners attempting to steal...Made 66 starts behind the plate to lead the team... Batted .292 (14-48) with RISP... Had sinus surgery on December 14.
Was on the Mets postseason roster for the NLDS, NLCS and World Series but did not see any game action.
Named the Sterling Organizational Co-Player of the Year along with Allan Dykstra...Hit a combined .305 (137-449) with 38 doubles, eight home runs , 80 RBI with a .390 on-base percentage and an .838 OPS in 125 games between Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League and St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League...His batting average was the fourth-highest in the organization among full-season minor league clubs and his 80 RBI were the fifth-most...Was a mid-season SAL All-Star at Savannah where he hit .314 with 24 doubles and 43 RBI in 65 games before being promoted to St. Lucie...At Savannah, hit .460 (23-50) against lefthanded pitching...In the SAL, he had 12 games with two hits and eight games with three hits...Had three games with four RBI for the Sand Gnats...In April, he hit .391 (34-87) with 20 RBI in 23 April games…Also had a .300 average (33-110) in 29 games in May...Put together a 14-game hitting streak from April 19-May 4 (26-55,.473)...Had 15 two-hit games and three, three-hit games for St. Lucie. In his first game in the FSL, he went 2-5 with a home run and a season-best four RBI...In 34 games in June and July, he hit a combined 36-113 (.319)...Hit .348 (24-69) with men in scoring position.
Played with Brooklyn (A) of the New York (A) Penn League in his first professional season…Led the Cyclones with seven home runs.