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Daniel Murphy still expects a lot from Travis d’Arnaud

Daniel Murphy told MLB Network Radio that he 100% expects Travis d’Arnaud to eventually return from Triple-A and have a productive, big-league career.

The Mets demoted d’Arnaud this past weekend after a loss in San Francisco.

D’Arnaud, who recently described his play as ‘unacceptable,’ had been 3-for-26 since returning from disabled list for a concussion.

“Travis missed some needed Triple-A at bats due to freakish injuries,” Murphy explained. “This is a tough league to develop in. I fully expect him to be productive when he gets back.”

He had been hitting .180 with three home runs and nine RBI in 145 plate appearances this season. He hit just .202 in 31 games with the Mets last season.

“I’ve just got work to do,” d’Arnaud said before leaving for Las Vegas (ESPN, June 7). “I’ve got to find my swing. That’s all I really know.”




60 comments
Jayson Love
Jayson Love

Ok, am I the only one who thinks that his offensive outburst at AAA is not a positive?  He was ice cold in the major leagues and switches to AAA pitching and all of a sudden he's raking?  This has the feel of a AAAA player

WestCoastMetFan
WestCoastMetFan

TdA is 3 for 4 today so far with a double, HR and 3 RBI

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Travis approaching the demotion the best way possible. 3 more hits so far today with 2 HR!s. Rather than write a guy off for his advanced age (25), maybe support him and have him come back later this year to do some damage. It would be nice if this wasn't one of the holes to solve in 2015.

jenkins
jenkins

The hell with darnaud. He killed this team this year. He could not have been worse. Did the same thing last year.


The guy had 9 RBIs in 145 ABs, or one every 16 ABs . Teagarden, who is not a great hitter, had 4 RBIs in 3 ABs.


Thank God they finally sent darnaud where he belongs.

eric88
eric88

If they are going to win this year, and it's getting late Flores must play everyday. We have NO RBI guys. Unfortunately the best one we have doesn't play. The last time we saw Flores he ha 3 hits, 6 RBI and then doesn't play again

I wonder how many more wins we would have this year if Flores played everyday. I think he would have the most RBIs on the team by far, just what we need.

knicksjp18
knicksjp18

anthony rizzo first 49 career games- .141/.281/.242/.523

mike trout first 40 career games- .220/.281/.390/.672

yadier molina in his third year- .216/.274/.321/.595


there are probably many more cases but you simply have to be patient with young hitters. 

bptomatoes
bptomatoes

he does not appear to have the sturdy body type that mlb catching demands. probably needs another 30 lbs of muscle to withstand mlb schedule. cant think of another top catcher that hits that has his body type. swing is too long too. bring the polish kid upafter all were going nowhere this year so WTF!

Rafael A. Beltre
Rafael A. Beltre

It's funny they demote d'arnaud but yet chris young is still there and darnaud is worth more than him.

dabo
dabo

If he can't get any better in vegas then he stay there and probably never returns but there are always other players in the minors who could pass him by.

11gilkey
11gilkey

So no more of the Press' opinion on the Collins situation.  Only Daniel Murphy's opinion of d'Arnaud. 

Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

Murphy is acting more like team capt. Lately.Good to see.

Steven G
Steven G

The Mets cannot give up on D'Arnaud yet. There's a reason he was a top prospect. If anything, I'm worried about those concussions, but it is too soon to write him off. The worst-case scenario would be to trade him, watch another organization have patience with him, and see him give that team the offense that we hoped to have. Give the kid a chance.

1harris1
1harris1

Plawecki though is up to .346 in AA. It's getting interesting on the prospect catching front.

jsteele1020
jsteele1020

@eric88 so you think with that career .254 avg, he is the team's savior?? Are you related to him?

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Nice post! He did have some freak injuries that cut at bats in AA and AAA. People need to stop burrying the kid and let him get his swing back in Vegas. He will be fine.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

@knicksjp18 I know Yadier Molina. Yadier Molina is a friend of mine. TDA is no Yadier Molina. You actually make a valid point. Go back even further and look at Mantle and Mays' early numbers. Many others too, I suppose. But the frustrating thing about TDA was his consistently poor pitch recognition and inability to hit the ball with anything resembling authority.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@knicksjp18  Trout was 19 and Rizzo was 21 when they put up those stats and they right now are both still younger than d'Arnaud who is 25. Yadier was 23 in his 3rd season or really 2nd full season as he only played like 50 games in his 1st. And there's a difference when a guy already has a season plus under his belt and proved he can play at this level offensively and is as great as he is defensively vs a guy who's never done anything at this level in d'Arnaud who's already 25.

Phil Mancini
Phil Mancini

@knicksjp18 By the time Rizzo, Trout and Molina were D’Arnaud's age they had been successful at the big league level. 

@knicksjp18  wow I had no idea about trout....I thought he came out dominating.....great point

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Rafael A. Beltre  That's because CY is getting $7.5M and is a vet who can't just be optioned down to AAA to get himself going. They are not just going to completely right off getting anything in return for that money a couple months into the season. Plus there's the whole issue of wanting to keep the 600AB promise they made when he signed.

jenkins
jenkins

@11gilkey Murphy will be gone by the time the DARN is brought back up.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@Steven G But let's be honest. How many players area as awful as he's been at age 25 and have come out of it and been noteworthy at their positions? of any of those, how many have done it with the Mets? You can probably name some pitchers, but not position players who went on to have good, long, strong careers on both sides of the ball.


D'Arnaud has to prove something and he has little time to prove it - to the league and to himself. That's reality.


C Nerrie
C Nerrie

In yesterday's Mostly Mets podcast, Toby Hyde and Rob Brender were talking about recent draftees.  

Toby: "Kevin Plawecki, again, upside is an everyday catcher, but he's not a true impact guy. He's hitting very well in AA: the home runs have started to come in May and June, he's even walking a little bit, everything's moving in the right direction. He's not a great defender: he's a little sort of chunky and slow back there. But again upside is an everyday player.  Would the Mets take that at catcher this year? Certainly. Is he there yet? No. And when you look at AA numbers, Travis d'Arnaud outperformed Kevin Plawecki at a younger age."

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@1harris1 Yeah, it would be a shame if d'Arnaud keeps Plawecki from making an early trip to Vegas.

Which One's Pink
Which One's Pink

@Phil Mancini @knicksjp18  yeah, and they weren't hitting a buck eighty either.


I can find 10,000 guys who were hitting .180 and never finished a major league season.  So someone can find two All Stars who had horrific starts and went on to great careers.  I win.  He sucks.

@Phil Mancini @knicksjp18  yes but the reason d'arnaud didn't come up earlier was because of freak injuries....but yes for his age you we would expect better production but as far as professional at bats....he is still fresh

mets1973
mets1973

@BringBackDaveTelghe @Rafael A. Beltre I remember back in '76 John Stearns was sent down to AAA, at his own request, he had shown promise but the stick wasn't there, yet. He used his time in AAA to work on his game and when he came back in September he was the Mets starting catcher. He was a very productive player whose career was cut short by injuries.

Rimo Chaloney
Rimo Chaloney

@rstpigeon @Steven G  True but in d'Arnaud's case, it was injuries that held his career back by a good couple of years and not lack of performance.  That is until this year.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@jenkins @Rafael A. Beltre  If they cut him I'm pretty sure they owe him the whole contract regardless if he signs somewhere else unless he gets picked up on waivers which he obviously won't be.

1harris1
1harris1

He was a tough guy. Just ask Dave Parker.

I don't know that Stearns received close to the level of attention that d'Arnaud does now. The media spotlight is so much more intense nowadays with roster moves like this. Hopefully, d'Arnaud can regain his confidence and become a productive player.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@jenkins @Rafael A. Beltre  CY said it I believe in a radio interview when he 1st signed that Sandy promised him the ABs but didn't guarantee whether it would be in CF or a corner OF

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@jenkins @Rafael A. Beltre  I'm pretty sure but not 100% positive that if he's claimed on waivers then that team assumes the rest of his contract but if he's unclaimed and becomes a FA then the Mets owe him the whole thing. And if he happens to sign with someone else after that whatever money he gets is on top of the Mets money