Plawecki Will Turn It Around

Plawecki has more walks than strikeouts so far

BROOKLYN, NY - Kevin Plawecki, drafted in the supplemental first round this year, has not gotten off to the kind of start he and his coaches would have liked. However, few seem concerned that he won't eventually turn it around.

Despite a slow start to the Short-A season at the plate [.185 AVG, five RBI, two home runs], Plawecki and his coaches are none too concerned about for the long-term.

"I'm just sticking with the same approach I've had up to this point. I don't think there's any reason to change anything, playing my game," Plawecki said.

"I don't know exactly one thing, I'm just trying to stick to what I've done up to this point. You know, just continuing to stay with my approach at the plate and to call good games behind the plate defensively and just work hard."

For having only two days of training in Port St. Lucie before having to report to Brooklyn, his transition to the pro level has been reassuringly smooth.

"[It's] good. Getting used to the pitching—and the pitching staff—has been great so far, I'm getting my timing down," Plawecki said of adapting to the minor-league game. "You know, the hits will come.

"I'm off to a slow start offensively, but it's a long season. I've been having a good time so far and hopefully we can continue the success we've been having."

The Cyclones backstop is also confident that he will continue developing behind the plate, despite allowing some base stealers.

"It's been [a little while now] and I've at least seen all of them, so I'm getting the hang of it," Plawecki said. "It's been a lot of fun. Obviously, it's a big transition. There's better pitching, better command, it's been good."

The Mets' supplemental first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft has impressed Donnelly on the field as well as off. The Cyclones manager touted Plawecki as a tough kid who will take charge when his number is called.

"You see why he's a supplemental draft pick," Donnelly said. "He can catch,he can throw. I like tough guys behind the plate and he's strong. He'll be fine."

"He hit a big home run for us at Aberdeen, so he's falling into place."

Cyclones hitting coach Bobby Malek shared Donnelly's sentiments, adding that a little patience and character will go a long way.

"He's a great kid, he works hard, he has a good attitude," said an assured Malek. "In this game you're gonna have to be a little easy-going, take the ups and downs. Right now, you know, he's not doing what he wants to do obviously, but he's there every day, just the same guy.

"We need to get his timing a little better, just shorten him up, get him down to the ball a little bit. He'll turn it around soon, I've got everyone else around here hitting, don't I?"

Malek drove home the point that Plawecki, will in fact, come around.

"I'm not too concerned about it. You know, he had some time off from the college season until now. He's getting his timing down. I'm not worried."

Plawecki himself acknowledged that he's got a long way to go, and in a true leader's fashion, team success is just as important to him as personal development.

"I just need to make good at-bats and handle the pitching staff well. I think if I do that, we'll have more chances to be successful and win games and that's what we're all about here, is winning games," Plawecki said. "If I can do that, have good at-bats, contribute any way I can, I think we'll be alright.

"He's gonna be fine," Donnelly said. "He's the last thing I'm worried about. He's a true leader and I love him."

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