Backman Praises D’Arnaud After Impressive Debut Last Night

An article by posted on April 5, 2013

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Las Vegas manager Wally Backman had some nice things to say about Mets catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud after his impressive debut last night against Sacramento.

In the 51′s season-opening 10-5 victory over the River Cats, the 24-year old prospect went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, a career-high four runs scored and an RBI.

“I think it’s just a matter of time before he gets to the big leagues,” 51s manager Wally Backman said. “He got hurt last year and only played about 70 games at this level, so the organization doesn’t want to rush him.”

“But he’s an outstanding player, plays hard, plays right. In the short time I’ve seen him, I’ve seen he’s a very intense player. D’Arnaud knows how to handle the pitching staff. He’s gonna be a very good player when he gets to the Major Leagues, which is probably not a long ways away.”

D’Arnaud had a solid spring with the Mets where he batted .343/.415/.457 with four doubles and four RBI in 16 Grapefruit League games.

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