Links from PSL for Friday, Feb. 15

navel1) Travis d’Arnaud strives for greatness >> (DiComo, MLB.com)

2) d’Arnaud could be a standout behind the plate for the next decade >> (Keh, New York Times)

3) Wally Backman vows to stay cool in what could be an awkward 2013 season >>(Davidoff, New York Post)

4) Zack Wheeler enters camp with the same determined and defiant attitude as Harvey did a year ago >> (Madden, Daily News)

5) d’Arnaud receives high praise from former coaches >> (Kernan, New York Post)

6) A change in mechanics has batters swinging and missing at Brandon Lyon’s curveball >> (Carig, Newsday)

7) Welcome back to Mets camp, where coming on time means coming late >> (Diamond, Wall Street Journal)

8) Scott Atchinson isn’t letting a tear in his right elbow stop him >> (Castillo, Star Ledger)

9) For years Collin Cowgill has heard he plays the game with the kind of intensity Dykstra displayed during his go-for-broke major league career >> (Puma, New York Post)

10) Terry Collins will spend the spring evaluating a diverse pool of in-house candidates, none of whom are ideal, to lead-off >> (Castillo, Star Ledger)

Vinny Cartiglia

If your playing style is compared to Lenny Dykstra then you have a legit chance of being one of my favorite players. As a kid growing up in the 80’s, I spent countless hours in my backyard throwing a tennis ball off the side of my house trying to make diving plays like Dykstra. And so, if the comparisons are true and Cowgill can provide any sort of offense, I agree with Puma that  “it’s likely he will emerge as a popular figure in Flushing.”