WESTFIELD, Ind. (October 27, 2015) - Kevin Plawecki graduated from Westfield High School in 2009 and now he’s on the roster for the New York Mets, playing in the World Series.
Plawecki was a star on the Westfield High School and Purdue baseball teams. His talents now have taken him to the ultimate game at the pinnacle of his sport.
Now, Plawecki is making his mark by rocketing homers into the stands at Yankee Stadium.
It was at the Westfield High School diamond where the 24-year-old World Series standout got his start.
“He’s the type of player-- we’d take a team full of him for sure,” said Plawecki’s high school coach, Ryan Bunnell.
Bunnell saw Plawecki’s talent starting at a young age.
“As far back as middle school he just identified certainly as a kid with a lot of talent,” said Bunnell.
At Westfield, his skills sharpened. He took his team to the state title his senior year. Plawecki was a team MVP and three-time all-conference catcher. He would ultimately be a top recruit to Purdue.
“Not only are we proud, but the number of people who have reached out to tell me how proud they are of him and how excited they are for him has been pretty overwhelming,” said Bunnell.
At Purdue, Plawecki took his team on to win the Big Ten Championship. And less than three years later, after playing for three minor league teams, he made it to the big stage.
“I would call it more of an obsession, more than it is a talent. He’s been obsessed with it ever since he can walk,” said father Jeff Plawecki.
Watching his every move from the Carmel home he grew up in are his incredibly proud mom and dad. They supported him from day one in what they say was his obsession.
“Never ever would’ve imagined it, no. Just thought it’d be a great thing for him to do and for us to do as a family and keep him occupied, keep him out of trouble and it’s just taken off for him,” said Plawecki.
Kevin certainly took off. Just three years out of college, he's now under the big lights of the biggest stage in baseball.
“The perseverance and hard work that he puts in, that’s what I’m most proud of, really, more than the accomplishments he gets on the field,” said Plawecki.
Kevin is the backup catcher for the Mets, one injury away from having to step up and step on to the field.
His family is flying out for the third game of the series, which is being played in New York.