Mets Will Play Both D’Arnaud and Buck At Same Time If It Comes Down To That

An article by posted on April 13, 2013

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Updated by HoJo at 2:15 PM

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, if Travis d’Arnaud is promoted at some point this season whenever the team deems him ready it will not affect John Buck’s playing time at all if he is still producing.

Terry Collins said that both could possibly start in the same game with Buck potentially playing first base. Buck has never played a Major League game at first base.

Now that is what I would call a good problem, but first Travis will need to start pounding the ball in Vegas befiore that happens.

Original Post 1:00 PM

MetsBlog posted an interview by Robert Brender with catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud. Brender spoke to him last night before the game.

Robert Brender: As far as your hitting goes, is there anything in particular you’ve been working on?

Travis d’Arnaud: Just trying not to do too much, just see the ball, hit the ball, keep it as simple as possible.

Robert Brender: This is a league where guys hit the ball out of the ballpark pretty frequently. Do you try to keep that out of your mind?

Travis d’Arnaud: Honestly, you come to some of these parks and in BP you know they go so far and you want to see how far you can hit it but whenever I do that I know I have a problem with over swinging so I know I gotta stay locked in and just not try to do too much.

Robert Brender: You were kept in spring training with the big league team for quite a long time. How was that experience?

Travis d’Arnaud: That was a great experience for me. I got to catch a lot of the pitchers up there. That was tremendous for me and I’m truly thankful for it.

D’Arnaud , 24, is off to a .261 start at Triple-A Las Vegas with a .438 on-base and .391 slugging percentage in 32 plate appearances. He hasn’t homered yet, but has drawn eight walks which accounts for his excellent OBP.

With John Buck providing the Mets with historical and MLB leading production at the plate, and the Mets pitching staff boasting a 4th best team ERA, Travis d’Arnaud will get plenty of time to brew in Triple-A and the Mets won’t be in any rush to start his major league service clock.

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