NEW YORK -- Catching prospect Kevin Plawecki, who missed roughly a week in late July dealing with vertigo, said the issue was limited to that short period and has not resurfaced.
Plawecki, the 35th overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Purdue, hit a combined .309 with 11 homers and 64 RBIs between Binghamton and Las Vegas this season. He was at Citi Field on Monday receiving an award as the top performer for the B-Mets.
Plawecki “I got super dizzy,” Plawecki said about the vertigo episode. “I was just sitting in a chair and all of a sudden the room started spinning on me. I got really dizzy and saw the doctor that night, and I woke up the next morning and you just feel off. Your feel like your balance isn’t right. It just took me a few days to get over that -- a week, ultimately.
“We think it was just the flying that was going on -- the high altitude. That’s what causes it, mainly. It’s just the change in pressure and stuff like that. There’s no way to really pinpoint something like that.”
Plawecki opened his Triple-A career in a 2-for-23 rut, but ultimately had a .283 average with the 51s.
“Just like any level you go to, you have to make adjustments,” he said. “I got off to a little bit of a slow start in Las Vegas. I had to make an adjustment. I was swinging at some bad pitches too early -- just trying to do too much too soon. And whenever you’re trying to do too much you’re never going to do what you want to do.
“I just had to take a step back and focus on getting good pitches to hit. And, defensively, I just tried to have good relationships with my pitching staffs in Binghamton and Las Vegas, dealing with [Rafael] Montero, [Noah] Syndergaard. Dealing with all those guys was a lot of fun and makes my job a lot easier.”
Because of the Mets’ 40-man roster crunch, he was passed over for a September call-up and figures to open next season again at Triple-A.
“Absolutely I’d love to be up here. Who wouldn’t?” Plawecki said. “I’m just happy with another successful season and a healthy season. I was able to stay off the DL for the most part, besides the freak accident with the vertigo issue.”