During last night’s loss to the Indians, Travis d’Arnaud went 0-for-4 with a strikeout while batting eighth in the lineup.
D’arnaud is just 8-for-56 with three extra-base hits to start his big league career.
“He’s trying to do too much and trying to show everybody what he can do, I’m sure,” hitting coach Dave Hudgens said, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
D’Arnaud had only played in 99 minor league games since the start of the 2012 season due to an injured knee last year and a broken foot this year.
“He’s a real sharp guy, he’s going to get it, and he’s going to know what he has to do when he comes in next year to play at the quality we need him to play,” Terry Collins said last night.
He has struggled to throw out base runners as well – the opposition is 10-for-12 when attempting a stolen base against d’Arnaud this season.
“He’s had a couple of balls get by him,” bench coach and catching instructor Bob Geren explained. “Some are not necessarily his fault but some I think maybe he can block and catch after he gets a feel for the pitching staff.”
Still, Geren is impressed with d’Arnaud’s catching abilities and is looking forward to overseeing his development going forward.
“He looks like one of the best young receivers I’ve ever seen,” Geren said.