Travis d'Arnaud's catching 2

Travis d’Arnaud promoted, in lineup, says he had work to do

Travis d’Arnaud has been activated from the disabled list.

He’ll start at catcher and bat seventh in the lineup tonight.

“I knew I had work to do,” he said Tuesday, regarding his demotion on June 7. “It was unacceptable. I had a long conversation with myself, long talks with Wally Backman. … It was 95 percent mental, five percent physical and technical.”

D’Arnaud hit .444 with 6 HR and 16 RBI in 14 games in Triple-A. He had been batting just .180 with the Mets.


“He needed to clear his head a little bit, come down here, have some success and get some confidence built back up,” Triple-A manager Wally Backman said (Review-Journal, June 18).




202 comments
mainemet
mainemet

Kazmir. One that got away....

Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

I agree idiot Collins needs to move up in batting order

I'm getting tired of tejada in the lineup can we run Flores out there for a stretch

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

I'd like to see him do well.....but I have a gut feeling that he's a "head case"

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

We will know fairly early if the trip to Vegas did any good (or if what happened in Vegas STAYED in Vegas). The guy made some of the softest outs I've seen in many years as a Met fan. Everybody wants him to succeed.

archer41
archer41

Come TDA, you can do it.  LGM!

bigdirty
bigdirty

I really believe in this kid. I think its taken him some time to develop but I believe hw will hit. I think developing a catcher at the major league level is a difficult process. I think he has probably had a full plate just figuring out the pitching staff and the game plan. He probably didnt get to focus on hitting as much. 


Lets be patient with this kid. Its not on him to carry the offense. Just get better. thats all. 

Greg Baker
Greg Baker

With many of you so down on TdA... make sure to look at the opposing dugout tonight at Norris, who struggled mightly last year (his rookie year) and is tearing it up right now. 


Sometimes catchers take a little longer to develop. This kid can hit, lets support him.

greekgod
greekgod

I  can't wait until d'Arnaud gets up at bat. Can't wait for a .200 hitter to hit ....!

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

Gotta remember also, sometimes it takes catchers a little longer for their bats to coke around. Mesoraco was a top prospect like 4 years ago. Hopefully we don't have to wait that long for TdA

archer41
archer41

@Haig Mathosian If Plawecki comes through, it might not matter.  That said, I think TDA will be solid. 

James
James

@zachfguest @metsblog I like Wally and want to see him on the big club, but I wouldn't give him the credit, he was down for 2 weeks I don't think there was any magic Wally worked.

archer41
archer41

@zachfguest @metsblog I wish TDA brought Wally with him.  Had enough of the TC regime.

zoddie
zoddie

@bigdirty  Yep, exactly.  Everyone just needs to repeat "227 at bats" over and over.  Pitchers like pitching to him, he frames pitches well, he's cost controlled for YEARS.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

@Eric Lee  Beltran is putting on a bunch of weight....I mean he is old now but still whenever I see him I cant help but notice that hes getting fat lol

dooley
dooley

@sandybgone I doubt it since he was trying to push J.P. Arencibia over TDA at the time

zoddie
zoddie

@sandybgone  Probably not.  It isn't that only Sandy liked him.  Every scouting organization in baseball (Baseball America, etc.) had Travis as the #1 or #2 catching prospect in all of baseball.  It has been 227 ABs.  Some guys take a while to get used to MLB pitching.

jenkins
jenkins

@zoddie @bigdirty this framing pitches idea is weak. Catchers know how to frame pitches in the pony leagues. It's easy. No catcher would brag about such a simple task.

zoddie
zoddie

@jenkins @Greg Baker  I know you are bit of an $sshole Mr. Jenkins, but your man-crush Norris hit .201 with a .276 OBP his first season in the majors while having around the same number of at bats as TdA has had in his career.


Now he has a .914 OPS.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

@jenkins @zoddie @bigdirty  Its not just that he frames pitches well but its that he does so better than most other catchers.....but the main thing is that pitchers like pitching to him.....obviously no matter how much he is liked he needs to hit better than .180......but if the pitchers like pitching to him lets give him some more time before giving up on him

jenkins
jenkins

@zoddie I know you're a doosh, but I watched Norris and the As all of last year, and though I'm sure you wouldn't know the difference, but he made progress last year by working at it. Nobody in Oakland is surprised at his play this year.


You don't know what you're talking about.

jenkins
jenkins

@mets74 @jenkins @Greg Baker because he shows no talent, no determination, is blasé about his horrendous showing, and because he is a rookie who has been handed his job at age 26. He has done zero to show he has any talent at all, yet Met fans watch him  roll grounders to 2nd  and SS and think he's got talent. Where is it?

mets74
mets74

@jenkins @mets74 @Greg Baker He's 25. He has also missed quite a bit of time in the minors. I firmly believe he can and will hit at the ML level. He obviously has talent, hopefully the recent stint in AAA has squared away any issues he had. Let's try to support him instead of repeatedly bashing him. 

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

@jenkins @William Bonilla @zoddie @bigdirty  To be honest I don't know but Ive heard multiple times that pitchers like throwing to him so im assuming yes he is calling the pitches....otherwise there wouldn't really be much of a reason for them to like him behind the plate

jenkins
jenkins

@mets74 @jenkins @Greg Baker Just by swinging with your eyes closed, he should have more than 1 RBI every 16 ABs. Do you realize how bad that is? Then remember that 1 of his 3 HRs this year and 3 of his 9 RBIs came on a 3-run homer in the 9th inning of a 7-3 loss.


Thank God he came through there.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

@jenkins @William Bonilla @mets74 @Greg Baker  lol well I don't excuse poor play but you gotta give the kid at least the year, well actually more to prove himself but with Plawecki close he has a short leash but as far as this year you gotta keep sending him out.....Ive never said Murphy can field....Ive never even hinted it lol.....but yes I do have a problem with management....If you think its done a good job please explain how.....no need to get all worked up....but hey whatever floats your boat lol

jenkins
jenkins

@William Bonilla @jenkins @zoddie @bigdirty that's why it's a myth. Unless something has changed, I've read Warthen is calling the pitches. Pitchers don't like catchers that "lose" strikes for them, but there are almost none of those in the ML.  

I'm sure they like throwing to both Recker and Teagarden as well. In fact they're both better than darnaud defensively.


Some aces  (like Maddox) got to pick their personal catchers, but those guys were calling the game, and perfectionists like Maddox didn't want to be shaking off signs.

mets74
mets74

@sandybgone 26 next February. Glad he got upset, showed some fire which some complain about the lack of.

zoddie
zoddie

@jenkins @William Bonilla @zoddie @bigdirty  Inaccurate.  There have been multiple studies that have shown that catchers' framing ability makes a significant difference with regards to balls and strikes.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

@sandybgone  you are not wrong by any means.....but does that mean we should give up on him? Or should we put him in the best possible position to succeed?