He's batting .184 this season and just 3-for-23 since returning from a concussion at the end of May.
“It’s nothing more than trying to battle through some tough times," Terry Collins said. "He’s got 120 at-bats. It’s not like he’s got 400. He’s trying to learn how to hit here. ... You have to show some patience a little bit.”
D’Arnaud said he feels fine after missing time with a concussion.
“I feel good. I’m just missing balls," he said (ESPN, June 5). "I’m popping them straight up instead of driving them."
I'm really, really trying to cut him slack. Collins is right. However, it isn't easy. I know people say he can hit, I know he's mastered every level he's played at after equally difficult starts. I know it isn't easy to learn to hit big-league pitching, while getting beaten up behind the plate and needing to focus on handling your own staff. The thing is, I also see him as a top prospect that was traded twice, who is about to be 26-years-old, who has missed a ton of time due to all sorts of random injuries, and who is looking to very lost when hitting. It's all very difficult to square.
At the same time, Anthony Recker, Taylor Teagarden and Juan Centeno are not every-day catchers, and Kevin Plawecki, while doing well in Double-A, is in no way ready to take over the big-league job. In other words, it's d'Arnaud's job, regardless of his potential or struggles.