Travis d'Arnaud 4 (Baron)

Travis d’Arnaud discusses his goals for 2014

In a Q&A with Steve Serby of the New York Post, Travis d’Arnaud discusses the improvements he wants to make in 2014.

“I want to improve, obviously, offensively,” d’Arnaud explained to Serby. “Last year I didn’t do so well in the beginning of my debut, and I just want to go out there and take my singles and just try to make good contact, not do anything crazy. And defensively, just work with the staff and befriend the staff even more, so our relationship becomes stronger and our friendship becomes stronger so our trust goes up, and when we’re out there we trust each other.”

Yadier MolinaJose Molina, Russel Martin, Brian McCann and Buster Posey are among the catchers d’Arnaud admires in the game, but especially Martin’s ability to frame pitches.

“He can make it look so presentable,” d’Arnaud said. “That’s pretty much it, he makes every pitch look presentable, and he knows how to work with the umpires. Pitchers love throwing to him ’cause he has a game plan out there. He knows how to call a game well.”

Michael Baron, Contributor

D’Arnaud is a really impressive and smart kid. While he recognizes the importance of being productive offensively, he knows his role behind the plate can be more critical. Considering his experience level, he seems to have an advanced knowledge and understanding of catching, the importance of framing pitches, and a solid approach to any given sequence. Of course, it always comes down to the talent on the mound, but d’Arnaud’s abilities and dedication to improving can only help to enhance the strengths of his pitchers. In fact, every pitcher on the staff I talked to last season raved about d’Arnaud and loved throwing to him, and spoke about how good of a receiver he is.

D’Arnaud’s problem is he hasn’t been able to stay healthy over the last two years thanks to some bad luck. Unfortunately, that’s the nature of his job, but thankfully his injuries have been the result of collision and impact and they’re not chronic. Still, it’s time lost, and it can ultimately impact his overall development. He has the talent on both sides of the ball to be a special player, so if he can get 140 or so games in this season, his overall potential might finally be realized.


Read more: Serby’s Sunday Q&A with Travis d’Arnaud (Serby, NY Post)

8 comments
TurkWendell4Life
TurkWendell4Life

He needs to cut the crap and prove he belongs in the orange and blue. We gave up a lot to get him and he needs to show signs that he can be the guy or Kevin will be taking his spot by the end of the year.

eric88
eric88

When it comes to young offensive players the Mets always claim they all have potential, but put them in the lineup and they stink the place up. So here we go again, with d'arneau who showed me nothing last year. I don't like his approach and don't see much power. Lets face it, they have only produced one good offensive player in decades. They stink at scouting and drafting. If every team in MLB was as bad at producing such players as us, there would be only about 20 or so good players in all of MLB. Thank god none off them are as bad as us at doing so.

rico
rico

Ya know most prized rookies get called up to established teams and get protected by veterans.  With the Mets the past few years it's been AA in Queens. 

The good news is the guys have a shot a making an impact. The bad news is that there is no protection, not coddling, just thrown out there into the league and in front of us frothingly needy NY fans.  I am happy to not judge D Arnaud by a couple of months on the AA Queens Mets (Buffalo Bisons South:), and see if he gets the knack. 


Not every rookie debuts like  Bryce Harper or Matt Harvey.


Which One's Pink
Which One's Pink

I wish this guy the best and fingers crossed.  Honestly haven't seen the good things that scouts apparently have.  Then again, if he was such a tremendous prospect in the first place the Jays wouldn't have traded him. The Mets have about 7-10 guys who hit well below typical major league levels but each of them supposedly brings some magic with the glove, the leadership, the confidence, working with young players, etc. that we are supposed to shrug and say "so what'.  Ridiculous.  Maybe we can hit singles once in a while and bat .225 as a team and prosper in 2014.  Wheeeeee!!!! 

Phil Mancini
Phil Mancini

I'm glad d'Arnaud admires Yadier MolinaRussel Martin,Brian McCann and Buster Posey since they had already posted solid big league seasons by the time they were d'Arnaud's age. The Mets would have been better off dealing Dickey to the Royals for Wil Myers and a pitching prospect since by age 22 Myers has already started paying dividends. 

lou2565
lou2565

Read the whole interview...it's much more interesting than the 2 quotes provided...

Joe Traina
Joe Traina

This guy plays as big of a role as anyone on this team.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

The framing of pitches is such a big deal, one of the more underrated things because there's no quantifiable stat for it. I have a feeling Tampa figured it out though, there's a reason Jose Molina is there and one of the reasons there pitchers always overproduce.