Juan Centeno will start tonight in place of Travis d’Arnaud, who left Tuesday night’s game with a sore right shoulder after being struck by a foul ball.
This will be Centeno’s first big-league start. In 67 games for Triple-A Las Vegas this year, he hit .305 (65-213) with 10 doubles in 28 games.
Terry Collins described Centeno as being fundamentally sound.
“He’s as good a defender as we have,” Collins said. “He has gotten better offensively. He is going to get some hits. He absolutely controls the running game.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I first heard Centeno’s name mentioned as a possibly big leaguer this past summer, when I started asking about John Buck and future back-ups to Travis d’Arnaud. I think this kid is a legit possibility for next season’s 25-man roster. The Mets like that he makes contact, works at bats and puts the ball in play. He’s never going to hit for a ton of power, but he makes up for that with incredible defense and smart hitting. They say he has an excellent arm and gets in front of the ball well. I don’t expect he’ll get a ton of at bats, but I hope to see more of what he’s about.