From Left Field: Source With Knowledge Praises Travis d’Arnaud
I’m sure many of us are excited to see the Mets’ catcher of the future, Travis d’Arnaud, take the field this spring.
Sure, he likely won’t head north with the big club right away, but all reports indicate that he is the real deal.
I don’t know about you, but I am definitely seeking the reassurance that d’Arnaud has what it takes to be a Major League catcher. Luckily, I received that reassurance a few days ago.
I had a conversation with Anthony Iapoce, an Astoria native and the new special assistant to the general manager of the Chicago Cubs.
He spent the last few seasons as the roving minor league hitting coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays, and that’s where he was able to provide expert analysis on d’Arnaud.
“Travis is a gamer and a great teammate,” Iapoce said. “He can handle the bat and knows how to play the game.”
These are certainly encouraging words from someone that has seen him play. Many of the reports we’ve all read on d’Arnaud were from the Mets’ beat reporters, who likely will be seeing him play live for the first time this spring.
Iapoce went on to say that the young catcher is a leader and a rare talent as an offensive-minded catcher. He said the Mets are very lucky, and fans will be excited to see this kid develop.
One concern that Iapoce mentioned, however, is that d’Arnaud has spent time on the disabled list in each of the past few seasons, with his major injury – a torn posterior cruciate ligament last summer – shutting him down for several months.
If d’Arnaud can stay healthy, he’s going to be fun to watch and will hopefully contribute to some competitive Mets’ teams in the near future.
Certainly, Iapoce’s words have me really excited to see the 23-year-old stud in action.
About the Author: Jim Mancari
Jim Mancari hails from Massapequa, N.Y. He recently earned a Master's degree in Journalism at Hofstra University. He is a devout Mets fan and takes pride in his team, despite their lack of success over the last few years. Like all Mets fans, Jim has plenty of hope. He also writes as the sports reporter for the Brooklyn Tablet newspaper and the senior editor of metroBASEBALL Magazine. Click my name to view my personal website.
10 Comments + Add Comment
- jason bay: on Rave Reviews From MMO Staff To Curtis Granderson Signing!: Hilarious to see people continuing to bring...
- William Li: on Rave Reviews From MMO Staff To Curtis Granderson Signing!: Yea, not straight up. But maybe with...
- Djmurphy: on MMO Fan Shot: Granderson Is In The House… What’s Next?: Everybody says without Harvey like its the...
- William Li: on Rave Reviews From MMO Staff To Curtis Granderson Signing!: He had a bad year defensively but...
- jessep: on Rave Reviews From MMO Staff To Curtis Granderson Signing!: Why are you mad that your favorite...
MMO Chat: Lets Talk Mets Baseball!
Write For Metsmerized Online
Mets Merized Online is reloading and looking for new writers to help cover the Hot Stove Season. We're also looking for passionate writers who would like to contribute new and original features.
Contact us now at GetMetsmerized@aol.com for more info and join the #1 Mets Fansite on the web!
Check Out These Great MLB Links!
Mets Autograph Signings
Mets Fan Apparel
Mets Autographed Baseballs
Baseball Card Supplies
For the best seats and lowest MLB ticket prices, go to PurchaseSeats.com. Get your Mets Tickets now and follow them on the road with Yankees Tickets, Phillies Tickets, Nationals Tickets and Braves Tickets!