Travis d'Arnaud 8 (Baron)

Pitchers trust d’Arnaud, now it’s time for him to hit

Terry Collins said Travis d’Arnaud was successful in gaining the trust and respect of the big-league pitching staff.

“When he came up [last season], he worked so hard each and every game to make sure that he and the pitchers could work together and have confidence in him,” Collins said (TC Palm, Feb. 4). “It happens a lot in the major leagues where (pitchers) come in and say, ‘Hey, I want this guy catching me.’ That was his main focus.”

MLB.com recently named d’Arnaud as the top catching prospect in baseball, saying:

“The 24-year-old has the chance to be an outstanding offensive player with the ability to hit for average and power. … All d’Arnaud needs is health, because he has the skill set to be one of the best all-around catchers in the National League.”

D’Arnaud played in 31 games for the Mets in 2013, after getting off to a late start with a broken bone in his foot. He hit .202 and struck out nearly 20 percent of his plate appearances.

“Everybody told me he was going to hit,” Collins said. “The fact that he’s in this camp as the No. 1 guy, the pitchers know him and know what to expect, he knows them and what to expect, he can be himself and we’ll see the offense we expect to see.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

D’Arnaud is looking like an early difference-maker to me. He did very little at the plate in 2013, yet scouts and MLB executives have been praising his offensive potential for years. I get the impression people see him eventually hitting around .280 with 15 home runs, maybe 70 RBI and putting up 3.0 WAR, while continuing to do a terrific job handling the pitching staff and being a leader on the infield. This obviously didn’t happen last year, and I highly doubt he’ll make that large of a jump in 2014. However, he’s an important part of this team, he has the potential to change the dynamic of their lineup and the sooner that happens, the better.


To watch d’Arnaud discuss what kind of offensive adjustments he needs to make to improve at the plate, click here.




29 comments
Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Actually, he wasnt.....Well over half of his PA's came with the bases empty, hard to drive in runs with the bases empty.....BABIP wasnt that bad for a rookie and his k rate wasnt insane either

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Unless you jack it over the fence, guys ahead of you actually have to get on base to produce that "rbi"

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

If only he can be injury free, but knowing the Mets luck, he will get hurt and we'll never hear from him again

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

TDA is clearly important.  I do not disagree with anything said about him.  I do not agree with Matt's take on "big jump".  These players usually do not improve by slight increments, they usually just figure it out and explode.  If he figures it out, this would be normal for his talent.  he questions is, will he figure it out?  I do not think there is a medium result here.  He will either do the 270 15 HR thing with many doubles or he will hit .220 6 HR and people looking to replace him by August. I do  not think you will end up with "OK".  Especially from a catcher, where results usually are headed to a pole. 

Rafael Morales
Rafael Morales

Well said ace... If he can help propel some consecutive wins streaks.. Ehhh... I guess, I just was never sold on him, anybody seen Todd Hundley, roids or not, he was my guy

D.j. Ace
D.j. Ace

He was 20 for 100,1HR 5RBIs and looked completely overmatched.If he were 20-21 I can see,but he's 25..Posey is 26 (ROY,MVP,2X all star & 2 Chips) but we all know he's no Posey..Now optimists think he's turning into John Stearns in 6 months..Lol..On paper,the starting lineup looks like a AAA team less Wright & Granderson..Darnaud,Lagares,Tejada,Pitcher..That's 12 outs in 16 ABs ev game for sure..Why can't Alderson give Drew a 2yr with an option..Anyone is an upgrade from Tejada.U cannot carry a plethera of .200 hitters just bcuz u hv a few young arms.Ur putting too much pressure on them to pitch 7-8 innings of 1 run ball bcuz the Mets will not score runs,that's a known fact.The Wilpons are in tremendous debt and should be forced by MLB to sell the team since they refuse to spend.It's either u don't hv the $ (so sell) or ur cheap and don't want to spend bcuz u hv no position players in ur system.Someone said it best on the M.Kay show,it's like a mom and pop store trying to compete with Macy's in NY (Yankees & Mets)..The little store eventually closes.We will never win a chip with the Wilpons.

John T. Smith
John T. Smith

Catching is a defensive position and d'Arnaud has the tools to be first rate. From his minor league history we know he has potential to be a very good hitter. I'm not worried.

Zaryna Tuan
Zaryna Tuan

He gotta hit -,- he cant sbe on and off like last season

Peter Conway
Peter Conway

He definitely did not impress last year, let's hope he does better this year. With all the question marks (1st, shortstop, catcher, etc) we need him to hit!

Jack Sanchez
Jack Sanchez

I just do not like his swing and bat speed.He is 25 so he is no spring chicken either.I looks like a .220 10 HR player to me

Dave Silvers
Dave Silvers

15-65 and .280 as a rookie would be great!

Brad Houser
Brad Houser

amazing how much talent evaluators love him because he looked like poop in his first season. Hope he finds his stroke this year and most importantly stays healthy.

Robert Kramisen
Robert Kramisen

Steamer projections have him at .254 / .320 / .418 with 13 HRs. That's an above average hitting catcher. That would also make him one of the better catchers in MLB.

Sean Radie
Sean Radie

Kid is gonna be a doubles machine ... Between him wright murph an granderson those are some decent sticks

Robert Kramisen
Robert Kramisen

What happens if he only has 65 RBIs, but the same 15 HRs? Try not to use RBIs to get a view of a hitter.

Dr_Adolph_Soto
Dr_Adolph_Soto

@metsblog singles hitter and not quite warning track power in spacious Citifield; BA ~.250 OBP .310. Another AAA + player for .

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

Travis will do a fine job in 2014. I'm not really worried about him, at least until he gives me a reason to be. I think what Cerrone has "predicted" is what we can look for from him this year. In the long run, he should be better than that. Closer to a .300 hitter, cusp of 20Hrs, 80-90 RBIs, while catching probably 140-145 games and PH in the rest.

Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

He's hit at every level and has excelled in every facet of the game at every level he has been at and if it weren't for freak injuries he would have already been a major league player and a very good one.  I think what we are looking at in D'arnaud is more Lo Duca than Piazza and I'm okay with that. 

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

Unfortunately catchers have a lot more to prepare for.  Hitting, defense, and understanding the pitching staff which is what D'Arnaud seems to have put a lot of time into.  It make sense since he was new to the team and missed time due to injury.  I'm confident he will improve his offense and I think a lot of it will come from being more comfortable.  It's certainly not easy coming to NY and trying to live up to your hype.

Gland1
Gland1

@Dr_Adolph_Soto @metsblog  You're basing that clever analysis on what sample size?