Is Travis d'Arnaud Or Kevin Plawecki The Mets Future Catcher?

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During the 2011 season there was a debate on whether or not the New York Mets were going to trade Jose Reyes and try and get some prospects in return, or let him walk at the end of the season. Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson decided not to trade Reyes and after the season, and Reyes signed with the Miami Marlins as a free agent.

The Mets were given a supplemental draft pick for Reyes leaving, which ended up being the 35th overall pick in 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The Mets selected, Kevin Plawecki, a catcher from Purdue University. 

Six months later the Mets traded Cy Young Award winning pitcher, R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays along with catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas for catcher John Buck, catching prospect Travis D'Arnaud, pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard and minor leaguer Wuilmer Becerra.

The trade presented a solution to the Mets current catching situation in Buck, as well as their future with D'Arnaud.

Expectations were high for D'Arnaud enterting the 2013 season. Many thought he could possibly crack the Mets opening day roster, but he didn't. Instead he was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas, and broke his foot in late April which has sidelined him for much of the season.

While D'Arnaud rehabs himself in attempt to crack the Mets lineup at some point this season, Kevin Plawecki is putting together a tremendous season in St. Lucie for the Mets.

Plawecki started the season with Single-A Savannah where he hit .314 with six home runs and 43 RBI in 65 games for the Sand Gnats. He was then promoted to High-A St. Lucie on June 20, 2013. Plawecki continued to put up impressive numbers, and his currently hitting .345 with one home run and 19 RBI in 24 games for St. Lucie.

Could Plawecki be the Mets future catcher? It's hard to say at this point because Plawecki is still only in Single-A, but it's nice to see he's producing at a such a high level. It will be interesting to see how he does over the next couple seasons and if he can develop into a major league catcher.

d'Anaud will eventually get his chance to be the Mets every day catcher, most likely next season. His medical history still scares me a little bit. Only time will tell whether d'Arnaud can live up to the expectations the Mets have for him. However, it's nice to know the Mets have another solid catcher in their minor league system, ready to step in if things don't work out.
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