Robert Brender – a special contributor to MetsBlog.com – conducted the following Q&A with Travis d’Arnaud in Las Vegas on Friday night:
Robert Brender: You were here last year with Toronto so you’re familiar with the ballparks. Has that helped you?
Travis d’Arnaud: Yeah. I try not to overthink anything and just stay with the same routine and game plan every day.
Robert Brender: As far as your hitting goes, is there anything in particular you’ve been working on?
Travis d’Arnaud: Just trying not to do too much, just see the ball, hit the ball, keep it as simple as possible.
Robert Brender: This is a league where guys hit the ball out of the ballpark pretty frequently. Do you try to keep that out of your mind?
Travis d’Arnaud: Honestly, you come to some of these parks and in BP you know they go so far and you want to see how far you can hit it but whenever I do that I know I have a problem with over swinging so I know I gotta stay locked in and just not try to do too much.
Robert Brender: You were kept in spring training with the big league team for quite a long time. How was that experience?
Travis d’Arnaud: That was a great experience for me. I got to catch a lot of the pitchers up there. That was tremendous for me and I’m truly thankful for it.
Robert Brender: How much fun is it to catch Zack Wheeler?
Travis d’Arnaud: It’s so much fun. A guy with an arm like that is so rare. When you get to catch it and he knows where the ball is going, it’s so much fun.
Michael Baron, Contributord’Arnaud is a really impressive kid. He’s not flashy, he’s calm and collected, very unassuming, and while he probably understands his importance to the future of this franchise, he never lets it show. From what he’s shown in Spring Training and the early part of the season in Las Vegas, he has the tools to be an impact player in the big leagues. He has a smooth, classic swing through the strike zone with very quick hands, and all the pitchers I’ve talked to say they love throwing to him, he receives the ball well, communicates well, and adapts to each pitcher’s strengths and weaknesses. To me, that’s a pretty impressive resume to have for someone who has played only a half a season at Triple-A in his career.