D’Arnaud Says He’s Ready, Now It’s Time To Prove It

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Kristie Ackert of the Daily News says Travis d’Arnaud has quite an impressive resume. He was a first-round pick by the Phillies, and he’s twice been used as a trading chip for a Cy Young winner. He has all the glowing scouting reports and made all the blue-chip prospect lists. However, it’s time for him to go from prospect to productive major leaguer and nobody knows that better than him.

“It’s cool and all to have that prospect label and everything, but I’d really rather just be known as a good player,” d’Arnaud said. “I am ready for that.”

D’Arnaud is one of the key critical elements to this five year rebuild plan that Sandy Alderson initiated as soon as he arrived.

Along with Wheeler, Travis is the poster boy for the Alderson Era and in his interview with Ackert, he understands that it’s time for him to perform and start living up to years of prospect hype. He heads into camp with all of that in mind.

He didn’t exactly hit the ground running offensively and batted  .202/.86/.263 with three doubles, a home run and five RBI in 112 plate appearances, while striking out 21 times.

In three days d’Arnaud turns 25 and yet years of injuries and setbacks still have him at the beginning of his learning curve in the majors.

“I still have a lot to learn, I still have a lot of work to do to get better,” said d’Arnaud, “but I also have a lot of ideas of how I want to go about getting my work done and how I want to handle things. I was lucky last year, I got to spend a lot of time with John Buck and I learned a lot and I’ve kind of structured things from that.”

On the plus side, TDA has gained the trust and respect of his pitchers for his ability to frame pitches and get a strike call on balls that are low in the zone.

Terry Collins told TC Palm that when he came up last season, he worked hard each and every game to make sure that he and the pitchers could work together and have confidence in him.

D’Arnaud is still considered the best catching prospect in the majors, but now I want to see him translate that into becoming a potential top ten catcher in the majors.

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  • BCleveland3381

    d’Arnaud might be the most important player in our lineup relating to our team’s success.
    EY is a legitimate option for 2B or the OF if anyone fails at those positions. Flores can help at 3B or maybe even SS if Tejada struggles or Wright gets injured. Ike, Duda, and Satin can all compete at 1B, if one struggles or gets injured, its not a huge loss. We also have a decent amount of starting pitching depth and some bullpen depth. An injury to Parnell would be pretty bad, but after d’Arnaud we have nothing at catcher.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    That’s right, prove it on the field. Prospect is just a label yiu get while in the minors, the majors are the real deal, he didn’t look good at all in his brief sting, let’s hope that changes in 2014 if the mets wanna win 78 games. Remember we got 15 HR and 60 RBI from our catcher before being dealt in august, can TDA do the same? We shall see

  • Lotus1209

    Is it unrealistic to expect 275/15/70 RBI from him this year?

  • 86xelA

    It’s a good possibility, but I would be safe and just expect .250/10/50

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  • 86xelA

    No

  • R04

    Sometimes the comments don’t load when Im browsing on my phone.

  • jason bay

    d’Anaurd should have been in Michigan.

  • R04

    Everybody hates you.

  • BehindTheBag

    We got one historic month from our catcher, other than that, the position was an offensive black hole.

  • omar minayass

    very….look at the guy’s track record in the minors. i’d be surprised if he’s healthy enough to crack the 90 game mark.

  • Of all the young guys, I worry the least about d’Arnaud. If he can afford to leave behind the nagging annoying random injuries and just injuries in general, he will be fine and produce at a level that is much improved from what we’ve recently had at catcher.

  • Taskmaster4450

    That is a bit excessive.

    If that is the case, everyone is taking this online stuff too seriously. It is call virtual for a reason.

    So what do you hate? A few characters typed on a computer screen because that all it really is.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Yep….time to produce.

    Make or break for Travis.

  • R04

    I hate him personally, I hate you too now.

  • CThomp519

    A few days ago I couldn’t load it all day until after about 8pm. No problem since.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Lol…Now he hates you….

    Do you still suggest I meditate on idiots like that??? Or like I suggested enter the room with a chain saw and have at it ;P

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  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Thats all fine & Dandy but im more concerned with this kid staying healthy for a FULL SEASON rather than his production at this point.

    He scares the SH** out of me because he hasnt played a full healthy season in the minors in how many years???Now we expect him to be healthy in 2014 in the MLB???

    Remember last year was supposed to be his make or break year in regards to health and he broke.

    I hope he stays healthy but……..every player in this lineup carrys a hope tag

  • SRT

    I haven’t had a problem loading MMO but it was slow for me a couple of hours this afternoon. Seems fine now.

  • CyYout

    He seemed to be fine before the last one, which was a freak injury. Not to say there’s nothing to worry about, but it looked like his back problems were behind him, or at least under control.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Meanwhile, I always love you reading and commenting

  • LIKayLGM

    Why would you say that?

  • jason bay

    d”Anaurd is part of the young core we are hoping to assemble here. Whether he will be or not will be determined by his performance but as a catcher he naturaly becomes a leader (a leader, not the leader) on the team as he is the bridge between pitchers and position players and coaches and players and as such should have been there.

  • BarnRat

    Same for me

  • BarnRat

    While last year’s injury was incredibly frustrating for TDA and fans, I put it in the same class as Granderson’s injuries. Bad luck, but not indicative of future injuries or playing limitations. Obviously he needs to stay healthy but no special reason to think he can’t. Remember Reyes with the hamstrings and changing his running style. That was concerning and hard to write-off as bad luck.

  • Tommy Med

    Travis excites me the most out of any player on the Mets to watch this year. I think hes very capable of :
    280. AVG
    17 HRS
    68 RBI

    Stay healthy through spring training and start the season ready to go and ready to prove why hes such a high touted prospect. The rust should be worn off and the hits should accumulate.

  • Rocky Thompson

    If the Mets have a winning record this season, d’Arnaud has to play a big role. And he can only play a big role if he stays healthy.

  • mets4lyfe

    I’d honestly be happy if he manages .740-.770 OPS in 2014. Given his skillset as a hitter, that seems very feasible. That would put him around top 6-8 amongst qualifying catchers in baseball. I believe that translates to a ~.330 wOBA? That’d be some great production from the catcher’s position.

  • Lotus1209

    Ayyy welcome to the MMO family stranger

  • Sach

    I concur with BCleveland 3381 1st sentence in the comment. Grandy in place of The Byrd Man might turn out to be more of a lateral move and Chris Young for EYJR might be borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. I think any improvement on the Mets hinges on Mr Travis, Ruben and King Lagares improving with the stick especially Mr. Travis.

  • chago

    This kid developing is vital to the Mets good fortune in coming years , we have had 5 stand out catchers in the Mets 50 plus years history IMO . Grote , Stearns , Carter , Hundley and Piazza (sorry I don’t consider LoDuca a standout), I would like to make it six with either this youngster or Plawecki .

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