In late December, Zack Wheeler told SNY he thinks Travis d’Arnaud is “great behind the plate.”
Dillon Gee made similar comments on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove on Thursday, saying d’Arnaud is very good at receiving pitches outside of the strike zone.
“He probably got me a few pitches that wouldn’t have been called strikes,” Gee said. “That changes the game when you start getting calls like that.”
According to Gee, d’Arnaud has a lot confidence behind the plate, “which carries over to us on the mound.”
D’Arnaud struggled at the plate in 2013, hitting just .202 with a .286 OBP, 4 extra base hits and 5 RBI in 112 plate appearances.
“I think he’s been so concentrated on calling the game, he got caught up and maybe only had a few good at bats,” Wheeler said. “I think next year he’s going to catch fire and take off.”