[sny-box color="fff"]"If it hadn't been for injuries, d'Arnaud would be off this list. ... He is ready for a full-time gig in the big leagues. The 24-year-old has the chance to be an outstanding offensive player with the ability to hit for average and power. He's not a slouch behind the plate, either, with more than enough catch-and-throw skills to be an everyday player. All d'Arnaud needs is health, because he has the skill set to be one of the best all-around catchers in the National League."[/sny-box]
D’Arnaud played in 31 games for the Mets in 2013, after getting off to a late start with a broken bone in his foot. He hit .202 and struck out nearly 20 percent of his plate appearances.
Mets 22-year-old C Kevin Plawecki was also featured as one of two catchers on the verge of cracking the top 10.
According to the report, Plawecki has a knack for hitting for average and getting on base and, "If he displays a little more power and continues to prove to people that he can stay behind the plate despite his big frame, he could be a big league regular someday."
In early November, it was reported that the Mets might consider trading d’Arnaud in an effort to acquire a big bat, since some in the organization are really high on Plawecki, team sources said (Martino, Nov. 7). Plawecki was named the organization’s minor-league player of the year, along with 1B Allan Dykstra.
He hit .305 with a .390 OBP, 38 doubles, 8 HR and 80 RBI in 125 games between Single-A Savannah and High-A St. Lucie.