Moment from PSL: Travis d’Arnaud is the man

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In terms of catchers, this is Travis d’Arnaud‘s camp. In contrast to last year, d’Arnaud was the new guy, like a little puppy dog following around John Buck, studying his every move, in Buck’s pocket, learning and asking questions. This year, he’s the man. It’s obvious who is the boss, when watching him, Kevin Plawecki, Juan Centeno, Anthony Recker and Taylor Teagarden. This is not to say he’s a seasoned veteran spewing wisdom to his peers. It’s just that, quite clearly, it’s his job to lose, he’s the touted prospect and the guy engulfed in expectations.

I don’t know if this factored in to the team’s thinking when not acquiring another veteran catcher, like Buck, to be in camp. But, if it was, I’m eager to see how it plays out, since d’Arnaud may now have more room to spread his wings and fly…

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Naturally, the moment his drills were done for the day, d’Arnaud jogged off to the fence behind him to sign autographs for fans he walked by earlier…


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17 comments
Phil Mancini
Phil Mancini

Acquiring the now 25 year old Travis d’Arnaud was a mistake. If the Mets had dealt Dickey to the Royals they would have Wil Myers who at age 22 made a major contribution to the Rays last year.

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

I'm not reading the posts here because I'm afraid I might go ape%$#^ on the first person to badmouth this kid. Just watch him play and you can see his potential. He just looks like a ballplayer. Very similar to the way Wright carried himself when he was a prospect.

mets1973
mets1973

I remember the last Met catcher to wear #15. Grote was a magnificent defender but a mediocre hitter. If he hit as well as he fielded he would have been better than Johnny Bench. I hope d'Arnaud develops both offensively and defensively.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Looking forward to seeing what TdA does this season, but also eager to see Plawecki against Major league pitchers this ST.

sylow59
sylow59

If TdA is what he's supposed to be maybe trade Plawecki to the Cards for, say, Jay and Piscotty.

Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

We'll see if he's the man in 6 months. I really hope so. Right now, he's a rookie with a high potential.

grandpamet
grandpamet

Pictures look great, Matt! Love these posts, keep em coming. 

Starz31
Starz31

I'm excited to see how he develops this year. I have high hopes for him and I don't think he will disappoint. Kid has a world of talent and so long as he stays healthy, he will turn some heads this year. 

Man, gotta love Spring Training. 

hashburry
hashburry

I think we all know why there is no veteran catcher in camp.  You have to pay them.  So, as a result, there is no safety net if D'Arnaud falters.  Such is the Met way.  Not much up front, no depth in the wings.

mets1973
mets1973

@sylow59 Why not put the better defender behind the plate and play the other at 1b? That way you get the best from both players.

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

@hashburry I'm not so sure that's the reason. It seems to me that the front office really believes in this kid. I think they didn't want him to play second fiddle to anyone, hoping that he develops quickly into a professional MLB ballplayer. Having someone around to defer to, such as Buck last year, actually slows his development. I think Cerone's onto something with this post. ...and I got here and no one badmouthed the kid yet. Go Mets!

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@hashburry  id be more worried about him getting injured than if he falters. I think talent wise you're gonna see a nice player developing...only issue is him is the injury history....i cant believe the only catcher they went with behind him was Teagarden. There were plenty of cheap options for a competent back up...this was one of the biggest head scratching moves of the Mets off season....rookie catcher with injury history, so lets NOT sign a nice back up....odd

sylow59
sylow59

@mets1973 @sylow59 Neither one's bat really plays at 1B. Very few teams are set at catcher, and even the ones that are (ex. the Cards) do not have anyone in the pipeline.  You could fill one or two holes with players that are better defensively and offensively in the OF or 1B.

mpetr37349
mpetr37349

@mets1973 @sylow59  I think if TdA gets off to a good start and looks like the real deal Plawecki starts playing some games at 1b in the minors.

mpetr37349
mpetr37349

@Mr. SERCH @hashburry Even though Plawecki is slated to start the year in AA, he is an advanced hitter and he is the real insurance if Travis is out for an extended period. Centeno and Recker are fine backups, but Plawecki is a legitimate bat.

sylow59
sylow59

 @mets1973 @sylow59 I doubt it.  A large chunck of TdA and Plawecki's value is the fact they sre catchers and project to be above average offensively at catcher.  The will be below average as a 1Bman. 

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

 @Mr. SERCH @hashburry  yeah but for THIS year? I like Plawecki a lot, i think he's gonna be quite the hitting catcher...but he aint ready for the big show if Darnaud gets hurt in say May!!