What is going on with Travis d’Arnaud?

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Mets C Travis d’Arnaud is hitless in 17 plate appearances this season. He has struck out 35 percent of the time, while walking just twice.

It’s early, but I’m beginning to worry about d’Arnaud. He struggled last season looking like he was trying to do too much. This year, it’s kind of the opposite. It’s a small sample size, and there is plenty of time for him to be the .280, 15 home run catcher I think he can be in 2014. However, right now, he looks totally lost at the plate. He’s showing no signs of a young hitter with an idea of what he’s trying to do at the plate. His approach is very defensive. He’s reacting, he’s not in command, and that’s never good, especially for a 25-year-old guy in his rookie season. So, I’m more concerned than I usually would be for a guy with just 17 plate appearances.

”It certainly is a concern if it starts to get in his head that he can’t hit at this level,” manager Terry Collins said this past weekend. “I’m worried about his mental approach more than anything. … We told him he has to battle through this.”


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MLB.com ranked d’Arnaud the other organization’s top hitting prospect, and the top catching prospect in baseball entering 2014.

D’Arnaud hit .202 with one home run and five RBI in 99 at-bats for the Mets late last season. However, in 86 career games at Triple-A, he hit .328 with 18 home runs, 64 RBIs and an OPS of .990.

“He’ll be fine,” David Wright told reporters, when asked about d’Arnaud’s struggles. “He can hit. He’s hit at every level. … Offensively, he’ll come around, because his track record says he’s going to hit.”




207 comments
CommandSM
CommandSM

@metsblog he got a couple of hits tonight. Ronnie was on the WFAN and said Travis missed 1 1/2 years of minor league baseball

giantmet
giantmet

needs more minor league time as I said before spring training.

metfan1969
metfan1969

He looks over matched at the plate and is swinging late on the fast ball. Travis needs to lighten the load he is swinging. Go for the lighter weight. Try to make contact. His confidence will come. He can call a good game and has a terrific arm. He has a tremendous upside.

Robby Post
Robby Post

Poor coaching too...Can you really be surprised when the hitting coach is a career .143 hitter?

Jose Rolon
Jose Rolon

Let give him some time . Willie Mays at the beginning was not doing good and he wanted to be sent down minors .

Which One's Pink
Which One's Pink

Like there has never been a guy in the history of baseball who hit at A, AA, and AAA but couldn't hit in the pros.  Yeah, that's never happened.

iamwilpon
iamwilpon

Mets traded a reigning Cy Young Award winner for Travis O'No! and Met fans still think it was a good deal. Amazing! Better hope Noah works out or this team was fleeced again

tommy2b
tommy2b

I'm more concerned about his defense and the fact he's still getting hurt almost every week.  I'm beginning to think RA Dickey will have a longer career with the Jays than D'Arnaud will have with the Mets.

adam
adam

I'm the biggest TdA hater out there. I said he was terrible last year. He was dreadful in spring training. And now he's the worst catcher in baseball. Sandy put all his eggs in the wrong basket. He stinks. I don't care about minor league stats. He looks overmatched every single at bat.  So Sandy, for next year, we're going to need, a catcher, a first baseman, a shortstop, a left fielder, a leadoff man, about 5 relievers who aren't passed their prime, a couple solid bench players, did I miss anything?  

Sam Mack
Sam Mack

TdA needs to be focused on hitting singles,doubles that's it.He should never have a home run swing j just worry about hitting line drives

Steve Barbato
Steve Barbato

pretty dumb, russ. do your homework and get back to us on that

Colon
Colon

let him play

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

My thing is that, based on what I heard anecdotally from scouts and just around the interwebs, I thought he'd be bigger. He seems like a right handed version of Thole to me; decent contact and an above average defensive catcher.

Olerud42
Olerud42

This is a non issue to me. It's been a week. The very essence of small sample size. If he's still batting .000 after 500 PA I might start to worry a tiny bit. 

hankypanky
hankypanky

I'm not impressed with d'arnaud's defensive skills. He has trouble throwing out runners stealing second base and he has a growing list of passed balls. Frankly, I think Recker is superior in these two categories. As for handling the pitchers, the staff allegedly likes him. I don't know the scoop about Recker in this category.

eric88
eric88

How many Mets look like bonafide ML hitters?

metsnjets
metsnjets

I don't want to hear about that stupid ranking anymore...stop hyping this kid up all I hear is MLB rankings and he hit in the minors well this isn't the minors and he ain't any good sorry

George Komninakis
George Komninakis

Bat D'arnaud in the 2 hole behind Lagarese and in front of Murphy, Wright, Granderson so he can see fastballs and get him going and get his confidence up!    

brownbear7
brownbear7

Forget last season. Honestly. He already has admitted how "anxious" he was. They have played 6 games so far and there is no reason to freak out like all of you are. No need to fire the hitting coach or boycott the team because a young player that holds one of the most important on the diamond isn't hitting yet. If this turns in to a two month thing, let us be worried.

Let's go Mets

cbbruuno
cbbruuno

People seriously need to chill out about d"Arnaud. The guy has hit on every level. The fact that he has struggled in barely over 100 Major League ABs is nothing to panic about. 

Matthew Schmidt
Matthew Schmidt

The whole Mets team can't hit! Fire the hitting coach.

jose_who
jose_who

I'm still not too worried about TdA. I think he'll hit in time. I do, however think he'll be displaced by Plawecki in a couple years anyway.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

I wanted to sign aj pierzynski. Woulda been a nice lefty compliment to Tda, maybe eventually become the starter. He got a 1 yr deal, woulda brought so much to the table. Our everyday lineup is waaay too right handed.

Greg Butera
Greg Butera

What's going on with him?! Nothing he's flopping in colossal fashion.

pochemu
pochemu

I've said since last year, I'm not impressed.


Plawecki.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

I'd worry more about the left fielder who is our lead off hitter but strikes out and doesn't walk. He doesn't look like a ML hitter to me.

rodd
rodd

in fact maybe the whole team needs a little bit, just ask the heavy ole pitcher for advice

rodd
rodd

maybe a little steroids just to start up his engine, u know as a booster

Olerud42
Olerud42

@wooferson  IMO, playing a 30 year old career minor leaguer who batted .215 for us last year, over a 25 year old who was just ranked the 38th best prospect in baseball by BA would be nothing short of insane.

Andrew Pasquale
Andrew Pasquale

@iamwilpon  Don't be stupid. Dickie had a freak year in 2012 and now he's pitching like absolute garbage. Not to mention the fact that he's reaching the end of his career. Noah is the real deal. Travis has performed at every level single level he's played at. You're damn right it was a good deal.

Robert Goltz
Robert Goltz

Ha ha he's listed at 6'2. That's a lie. Look at him next to Recker who is 6'2.

Johnny Watts
Johnny Watts

I was thinking the same thing, I had the impression that he was a bit bulkier. Seemss like alot of the balls that he would of hit out of the smaller ballparks he played in the minors are dieing out at the warning track in citi. If hes is going to loft balls the way he has he needs to hit the weight room. The only thing I do see with him is the bat speed has come as advertised. Could also benefit from a bit better luck

Daniel Bottiglieri
Daniel Bottiglieri

He needs to be more Paul Loduca (2006 version) and less power hitter. Seems like he is over swinging.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@Olerud42  How about a career .492 OPS in over 100 ABs from a 25 year old?  It's not like he's a 20 year old out there; he's been playing pro ball for 7 years now.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Yet all the scouts like him. He's an enigma. I hope he proves me wrong

dabo
dabo

@hankypanky  Recker looks good this year but he is still a backup although I don't know why.

adam
adam

@George Komninakis  Bat someone hitting .000 second??? Who hit .190 last year? Who hit .185 in spring? He stinks. He makes Tejada look like Rod Carew.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@cbbruuno  He's also been one of the oldest "prospects" at every level he's played at.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@Mike Dell Italia That would have been the ideal scenario.  A dominant veteran personality to teach and run interference for the kid. 

mrroper
mrroper

So true! Mets will have extremely strong necks from whipping their heads around to look at the catchers mitt. The bullpen will have strong necks too from watching the balls jump over the wall.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@wooferson  Everyone always wants to bring up the youth. Well, here's the youth guys. Recker is not the youth. 

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

If tda couldn't handle that then I don't want him on my team

metsnjets
metsnjets

Ah yes he didn't walk enough for you sandy