Mike Piazza talks about Travis d’Arnaud’s game

Mike Piazza talked with SNY during today’s broadcast and had the following to say about C prospect Travis d’Arnaud:

“He’s respectful and he works hard. I know the pitching staff is in good hands with him. He’s got a little to be learn. … I’m just trying to tell him how to get the most out of his ability over the course of a season. … I love his tools. Generally, I like guys to be a little smoother (than he is) back there, but I think he’ll learn that as he learns the staff and gets more comfortable with their strengths and weakness. He’s got great hands, a good arm, you can tell he can swing the bat. It’s just a question of putting it all together, being consistent, stay off that roller coaster that the season can be.”

Piazza will be in camp this week as a guest instructor, talking about hitting and working with the team’s catchers, particularly d’Arnaud, who idolized Piazza growing up >> Read More


To hear Piazza’s full interview on SNY, watch this video:




25 comments
metjetnet
metjetnet

The catcher I'm most reminded of during d'Arnaud's early days here is Paul LoDuca. Build, hitting style, demeanor. Travis appears the better hitter, happily, although Paul was very clutch, especially in '06. If Travis settles in & provides the steady, competitive play over many years that LoD gave the Mets that one year, he'll be aces & we'll be set.

Mets should pay Jerry Grote, maybe the best defensive catcher ever (who also wore #15) to tutor d'Arnaud. Piazza was a hitter they stuck behind the plate and has very little to to teach Travis beside hitting tips. Koosman and Seaver could help the pitchers a lot as could Keith H with hitters and fielders. The Yankees get 3 Time MVP Yogi to teach Posada after Hall of Famer Bill Dickey taught Yogi. Mets should get the right people around their kids and follow Yankees lead and maybe they would be more than NYC's minor league baseball team.

Elias Rosario
Elias Rosario

Just work on the defense so you can have a pitching staff that can trust you when throwing in the dirt y.like yadier molina.

Dante Puzzuoli
Dante Puzzuoli

Wow Metsblog gets more and more boring everyday....

rico
rico

I know how the mets can get to 90 wins.


Steroids !

NotoriousPING
NotoriousPING

I love Piazza, but smoother behind the plate? He was a great hitter, but i've seen better arms on bacon

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

"So Travis, lets work today on throwing the ball into center field"

metjetnet
metjetnet

Absolutely on target. The Mets have always made poor use of our stars & best quality players over time. Those who do come back tend to be pals of whoever the then-current regime is.

William Joseph
William Joseph

 I think there's probably a Yankees page you could go to if you love them so much.

hlow24
hlow24

@Dante Puzzuoli  so don't visit the site?  but not only did you visit, you took the time to comment!  Oh, and thanks for sharing... 

Starz31
Starz31

@Victor Triguero  They will need that to easily win 80 games and really need for 85+. I do believe this team can win 80 games regardless though, just based on the strength of the pitching staff, and hopefully, the bullpen. There should be low scoring games and this team should be able to win some games by keeping it close. 

hlow24
hlow24

@NotoriousPING  piazza could actually receive pretty well, most of the newer catching data has shown that, plus he passed the eye test, which is what he was talking about.  But yes, he didn't throw very well, but he wasn't criticizing d'arnaud about that.  He said he has a good arm.  

Ian Carvalho
Ian Carvalho

@Gentry_Max @SNYtv @metsblog  He was actually always heralded as a great receiver and someone who was great at handling a pitching staff. His only real knock was his throwing.

metjetnet
metjetnet

I love having Mike & Alfonso in camp. But think of all those wasted years, when we had such a dearth of catchers in our system, and could have had Gary Carter in camp each spring to help the skills of those pedestrian catchers. That wouldn't have given them a better shot at making the Bigs & helping out? Why did it take Izzy in the pen teaching Parnell the circle change? Where was Franco in the spring or off-season -- the acknowledged Zen master of the circle change -- teaching it to him & Black & Famiglia & all the others...???

Dante Puzzuoli
Dante Puzzuoli

Been coming to this site since like 06 07 probably longer than you. I'm a die hard mets fan and don't support wilpon puppets. Thanks for your reply tho bud

MetsOregon
MetsOregon

@Ian Carvalho @SNYtv@metsblogYou are absolutely correct. Pitchers say that Piazza was excellent behind the plate and called a good game. His only fault was his limited ability to gun down runners.

Starz31
Starz31

@Dante Puzzuoli Yet you still come to a "puppet" blog of the Wilpons. 

Honestly tho, if you have been coming here for that long you should know that Matt hasn't changed his tone and style of writing since then and the few years prior. That's the reality of it.

As for this post, one of the greatest Mets player ever and one of the best major league catchers of all time is working with the team this week, something he hasn't done in years past. We also happen to have the best young catcher in baseball right now and Piazza did an interview with SNY. Seems pretty reasonable to post something about it.