Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud said he hopes to improve his throwing and defense for 2016, Newsday's Marc Carig writes.
"I think I had a decent year," he said. "But there's always room for improvement, for consistency and to just keep learning the game."
D'Arnaud caught 14 of 43 baserunners (33 percent) last season, a significant improvement from when he threw out just 19 percent of baserunners in 2014. However, the Kansas City Royals were 7 for 7 in stolen bases when d'Arnaud was behind the plate during the World Series. (Their lone caught stealing was on a Bartolo Colon pickoff attempt.)
"I had little rough patches throughout the season, a little streaky with the throwing," he said. "But once I learned to stay consistent with the routine, just relaxed and made a good throw, good things came. I've just got to stay right there."
D'Arnaud's offense has been a strength for the Mets. Limited to just 67 games last year due to injuries, d'Arnaud had a .268/.340/.485 batting line with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs.
With d'Arnaud behind the plate, Mets pitchers had a 3.89 ERA in 569 1/3 innings, however that pales in comparison to when they threw to Kevin Plawecki (2.79 ERA in 602 2/3 innings).
But to help his defense -- d'Arnaud also made three errors last year -- he began to field grounders at shortstop.
"Good footwork, picking every ball, made a sick play the other day," he said.