Travis d'Arnaud

D’Arnaud is crushing Triple-A, not due for promotion any time soon

Travis d’Arnaud is batting .414 with five HR in seven games since being demoted to Triple-A by the Mets on June 9.

D’Arnaud will be eligible This Wednesday to return to the Mets, as he will have spent the minimum 10 days in the minors since he’s demotion.

However, he is likely to remain in the minors for at least another week or so, a team official said (ESPN, June 16).

“We like what we see, but it really is a bit quick to have that conversation,” Mets assistant GM John Ricco said (Newsday, June 17). “We really haven’t had any discussions.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I bet going from MLB’s National League to Triple-A’s Pacific Coast League is like going from Varsity to T-Ball, so I wouldn’t read too much in to d’Arnau’d bump in production. Also, he isn’t facing big-league, veteran pitching benefiting from quality advanced scouting. The kid can hit, don’t get me wrong. He’s got all the talent and potential to make it work. I just think it’s unfair to assume 10 days later, he’s ready to replicate his Triple-A stats in Queens…

Plus, this may be his last chance to get time to clear his head, away from New York. Unless the Mets call d’Arnaud back up by June 28, he’ll be out of options next season, at which point he’ll be 26 years old, while pushing the limits of his prospect status. This is his time for d’Arnaud to figure himself out. I trust he’ll be back by July, probably around the same time Noah Syndergaard’s name comes up for a promotion. At that point, he’s going to have to become the player every one hopes he can be…




187 comments
Shawn Snyder
Shawn Snyder

He always hit in the minors he can't in the big league

John Kaniuk
John Kaniuk

What happens in VEGAS stays in VEGAS. You can not blame him but, the TEAM is garbage in NY. When will we contend or even finish over .500? I can not wait till they clean house.

Ray Hemion Jr
Ray Hemion Jr

Good because he wasn't crushing in the majors

Eytan Mirsky
Eytan Mirsky

they want to wait until he goes into another slump

Tom Schnupp
Tom Schnupp

because he's a minor league ballplayer

Kevin LaFaso
Kevin LaFaso

James Mojica it has nothing to do with Backman it's the league the ballpark the air everyone hits in Vegas

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

He's probably doing this in a little league park

Steven Flower
Steven Flower

Try 2 boost Mets fans spirits he's not a Number1 catcher.

tw22
tw22

d'Arnaud hasn't had this kind of output at this level either.

hankincolo
hankincolo

For all of you Plawecki fans. I hope he's a top notch player too. But let's remember, he hasn't faced big boy pitching in the bigs. Let him smash Double-A and then Triple-A, before we rush him to NYC. If by then, TdA is struggling then o.k. come on down Mr. P. but until then, let's let him get the ABs, TdA didn't have.

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

At some point were going to have to look into what Backman is doing with the team in Triple-A. I understand there are some players that just can't adjust to major league pitching and become career minor leaguers but something needs to be said for the job hes doing with Vegas. I don't know if its him "sticking it" to the organization and telling the players to forget the "hunting for strikes" approach or if he's actually able to fix what they're doing wrong but clearly he deserves a shot to be here as manager. Collins will always be a bad manager whether he has a good team or bad team and will most likely never got another managing job again. There's no point in sticking with him any longer. Give Backman a shot. What's the worst that could happen

Ryan Ross
Ryan Ross

Possibly giving an attempt to raise his value and see if anyone will bite?

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Just remember when they sent Ike down to work with Wally and when they interviewed Wally and they asked him about hitting philosophy (aka "hunting strikes") he blew that off and made the comment that they weren't as concerned about philosophy as much as getting him feeling good. 

In other words, enough of this BS hunting strikes and he probably told d'Arnaud to just go up hacking and forget hunting. 

The kid will be fine. 

Randy Paras
Randy Paras

Leave him there. We dont need his weak bat.

semperfi
semperfi

Hitting a baseball at the MLB level takes incredible skill along with confidence and right mental approach, dArnaud has the skills but had losses all confidence and did not have the right mental approach, stepping away for a week or 2 with a constructive mindset is all it takes, success builds the confidence and reinforces the mental approach, most of the time it is just a minor adjustment that is made and having success and building off of that is all that is needed, being sent down is not a jail sentence with a mandatory lengthy time frame, make the corrections needed, have success and build off it for a couple of weeks and send him back up, the skill is there, Travis just needs to know his lane and stay in it, I see him more like LaDuca, not Piazza, and I think Met fans would embrace that!

Kevin Lenda
Kevin Lenda

I feel like I've heard this before about tearing it up in Vegas!

hankincolo
hankincolo

Has anybody who is commenting here actually seen him hit for Vegas? What I want to know is whether he's making consistent contact. Is he hitting with authority? A line-drive may certainly go further in altitude, but a frozen rope always has a chance, anywhere.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

While he doesn't deserve it i think d'Arnaud needs to hit higher in the lineup so he can get pitches to hit....i would try hitting him 2nd for a bit

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

Guarantee he'll be back by the 28th, simply to give him options if he falters next season.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

It's like going "from Varsity to T-Ball" Matt?  Are you kidding me?  I'm not saying it's not a hitter-friendly ballpark or even league for that matter, but that's about the dumbest, most far-reaching comparison I've ever read.  It's not like guys in AAA are throwing it underhand or yelling to the batter what pitch is coming.  Not only does this team suck, but it's "lead blogger" is worse.

Fred Simon
Fred Simon

He has to come up by June 27, or the Mets lose their option for next season.

cbbruuno
cbbruuno

He has had 250 major league plate appearances. Every one who is already declaring him a bust seriously need to get a grip.

tw22
tw22

Dude has played a total of 27 games at the AAA level.  Twenty Seven! That's a month.

tw22
tw22

@Nick Squatrito When Backman starts squandering the talents of Nimmo, Cechinni, Plawecki, D Smith and Conforto we can get on him, but you all screamed for Campbell to make it on the major league roster and that guy played with Backman. He is not the issue, most likely he is the solution. Remember, technically he was a major league manager or at least thought to be ready for a job 10 years ago.

jamets
jamets

@Nick Squatrito But his job is to get players ready for the majors, not to put up big numbers in Vegas.   If they can't adjust when they reach the majors, it reflects poorly on Wally.  If he is indeed telling people to ignore the hitting philosphy that they will be expected to follow when they reach the majors, then perhaps he is a big part of the problem.

tw22
tw22

What do you know about evaluating talent? Don't bother, i already know the answer—nothing.

nwmets
nwmets

AAA is one step below the minors, so when you say AAAA, that must mean the majors. You're a TDA fan, excellent!

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

Also batting in the 8th spot is not helping...if he returns they need to place him in the 6th hole ahead of the DUD...

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@hankincolo Exactly what I had asked before. I'm hoping since his natural swing is more of a level swing anyway I'm hoping he's hitting line drives consistently and as you said those play everywhere. 

I know not facing the MLB competition but he's only had two K's down there which hopefully is a good sign

hankincolo
hankincolo

@William Bonilla Deserving or not, hitting higher or at least not in front of the pitcher would be better. He's supposed to be part of the long term future, why not give him the best set of circumstances?

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Michael Frias By then he should be ready to prove he can hit big league pitching. 3 or 4 weeks is the usual prescription for struggling hitters.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Robby Johnson I've learned to ignore what's below the line. The commentary is (as you pointed out) silly.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

I believe this kid will hit and become an above average catcher for years to come...there is hope here; it's not like DUD, CY and TEJADA...we know what their ceilling is. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

@cbbruuno For perspective, look up how Willie Mays began his career, and he didn't have to learn to be a big league catcher. 

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

This hitting philosophy does not work though. This is not an OBP team. Wright and Grandy are not guys that should be up there looking for walks. I listen to Francesca every day at work and he talks about this all the time. This is not a good philosophy. If we had a guy like Votto this approach could work but we don't. You're right he might be part of the problem if that's the case, but at least the guys he gets hit and that's all that matters. Guys that hit at AAA come up and they just die instantly

nwmets
nwmets

@Phil Mancini True -- and since everyone develops at the same rate, we should probably write this clown off. Oh, wait...