Sandy Alderson said yesterday that prospect Travis d’Arnaud will stay with the big-league team through the remainder of the season, despite John Buck returning from paternity leave.
“One of the things we wanted to see over the three days is, was he within an acceptable range of performance,” Alderson said, according to the New York Post. “Certainly, he demonstrated that, way beyond the threshold.”
Alderson said he wants d’Arnaud to become comfortable with the pitching staff, getting additional time to catch Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. He also said he likes having d’Arnaud under the watchful eye of bench coach Bob Geren, who was a big-league catcher in the early ’90s.
“For those reasons, we think he’s ready to go,” Alderson said, according to the Bergen Record. ”He’s not going to sit on the bench.”
“I’m very thankful for Sandy and everyone [with] the Mets organization, especially my teammates. They’ve welcomed me with open arms,” d’Arnaud said after Monday’s game.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
There have been just four hitting prospects in the last 10 years that I’ve been really excited to see play in the big leagues: Jose Reyes, David Wright, Lastings Milledge and now d’Arnaud. He’s not Mike Piazza. I don’t expect him to hit .300, 30 HR and knock in 100 runs. Instead, in the short term, I expect little power, more contact and a young kid trying to find his way, while learning a new pitching staff. Basically, I expect he’ll need time — maybe even until the middle of next season — to show us what he can do at the plate on a consistent basis. In the end, if he can get close to .300, hit double digit doubles and home runs, handle the young staff and be a mainstay back there, he’d be a top 10 catcher and the best this team has had in more than a decade.
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
The plate discipline is great to see from someone so young and obviously eager to succeed. Pitchers are definitely expecting him to be aggressive and over-anxious at the plate like most rookies and he’s not biting. The key is for him to stick to this approach and not lose patience as he looks for his first hit. He’ll get better pitches soon and when he does, with that good eye, he’ll be ready to drive them.
Michael Baron, Contributor
The relationship between pitcher and catcher is critical for success. D’Arnaud knows it, and clearly the front office understands that the more time he gets to work with the pitching staff, the better off they’re going to be when expectations are higher next season. Sure, Travis would’ve been called up on September 1, but one extra start with each pitcher is one extra start, which is one more opportunity to become more familiar with each arm in the rotation. It’s a shame he got injured earlier this season, because he would’ve been here in June. Still, it’s going to be fun to watch him evolve with this team over the next year; and watch him build those relationships.
Andrew Wharton, Contributor
If you’re not a fan of walks, his debut has been pretty uneventful. We all know he can receive the ball well, but the talk surrounding d’Arnaud will always be about his bat. Honestly, I think they should move him up in the order to hit in front of Marlon Byrd. He’s not getting anything to hit right now, and nor should he with Omar Quintanilla hitting behind him. Also, if the idea is to get him as many ABs as possible, he has a better chance of doing that while hitting second or third. Given the team’s current situation, I don’t think there’s any amount of realistic pressure you can put on this kid that he can’t handle.