Wright needs another above average player or two to help him out, if the Mets are going to contend in the near term. Daniel Murphy has been solid enough at second base in recent years, and the Mets paid to upgrade the outfield this season. However, D'Arnaud is the Mets' best chance to become the B to David Wright's A, and do so cheaply. Since the Mets control d'Arnaud for six more years, if he does live up to the hype, or even become an elite catcher, it will change the franchise's outlook.
Kristie Ackert has a nice profile of d'Arnaud in the New York Daily News. He discusses the fact that he was not quite fully comfortable when he was in the big leagues last year:
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If it hadn't been for injuries, d'Arnaud would be off this list. Despite missing time with a knee injury in 2012 and a broken foot in '13, he made his Major League debut in August. Traded twice for Cy Young Award winners, 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.Kevin Plawecki just missed the list, falling in the "Next Up" category, alongside Oakland prospect Max Stassi.
His comment, excerpted. He has a:
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?Travis lights me up. He?s the real deal both offensively and defensively. Behind the plate he shows great release and arm strength. Moves well with the ball, doesn?t jab at it, and lets it come to him. Has excellent hand-eye coordination and much improved footwork. He?s already a mature receiver. As a hitter I can see him peak around .290 with 22-25 home runs. Needs to stay within the fences now and use the entire field. Power will come. Has off-the-charts intangibles. Barring injuries, Travis has all the tools to be an elite catcher.?
I would describe d'Arnaud as having vicious bat speed - as quick as anyone in the system. He's been limited to 25 games with a broken foot this year, 12 in the PCL, 6 in the GCL and 7 in Binghamton, hitting a combined .259/.373/.471 between those three wildly disparate levels.
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Rehabber:Travis d'Arnaud was 1-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts and a throwing error on an attempted base stealer. The 24-year-old is 1-for-9 with a walk and three whiffs in his two rehab games in AA.
SS Wilfredo Tovar was 2-for-5 with an RBI to lift his season batting line to .265/.322/.333 with 23 walks against 41 strikeouts in 106 games. A slick defender, his offensive game is all about contact and BABIP.
d'Arnaud was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk. d'Arnaud is 2-for-6 with a walk in his two rehab games so far.
Duda was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Duda is 0-for-5 with two walks and three in his two GCL rehab games.
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Out in leftfield in the same game, Lucas Duda was 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. Both guys will have a few more GCL games to get back to playing nine innings. Then their schedules will diverge as the Mets will go slower with d'Arnaud, who is headed back to Vegas for a little bit before a trip to New York. The fact that Duda played left certainly suggests that the Ike Satin/Josh Davis platoon has first has more time to prove itself - perhaps, if not likely through the end of the 2013 season.
1B Dom Smith was 1-for-2 in the first game to extend his hitting streak to a career-best eight games. He's up to .357/.474/.571 in his last 10 games and .256/.365/.410 in 24 games in the GCL as an 18-year-old.
His comment on Syndergaard:
Prospect Trajectory:?Up; has the combination of size and stuff to continue to climb the prospect ranks; a strong second half could propel him into top 10 discussion this offseason.And d'Arnaud:
Travis d'Arnaud: A lot of resting. Just stay off my foot and trying to keep it elevated so it can heal back to 100 percent. I'm in a boot that I've been wearing all the time, except when I sleep.
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He was struck in the foot by a foul tip in Wednesday night's Las Vegas 51s game in the top of the sixth inning.
The first metatarsal is the bone in the human foot behind the big toe, and the shortest, thickest and strongest of the metatarsals. ?The first metatarsal is not connected through ligaments to the second metatarsal, so moves independently and as I learned today the head of the bone "is thought to bear one third of body weight."
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Chris Schwinden started and wore a whole bunch of that damage - yielding eight runs, four earned including two homers in 3.2 innings. Adam Kolarek, recently promoted from AA Binghamton had a rough one as well: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. The 51s ended the game with position player Eric Campbell on the hill - he too gave up four runs in an inning.
Something good: C Travis d'Arnaud?(pictured):?1-3 with a double and a walk. That's three doubles and six walks in four games in AAA so far.
Something bad: LHP Darin Gorski's control. Gorski walked four and threw two wild pitches in five innings of work while throwing 55% of his pitches (43 of 78) for strikes. In his five innings of work, he allowed three runs, two earned, while striking out three. Gorski can succeed with velocity in the upper 80s. He can't while throwing under 60% of his pitches strikes.
2B Wilmer Flores, in his first game in AAA as a 21-year old, was 3-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a sacrifice fly to the wall. One of his singles was a fastball away that he stroked crisply through the right side in a really mature piece of hitting.
C Travis d'Arnaud, in his first official game as a Met, was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, and two walks.
Again, the issue with d'Arnaud breaking camp with the Mets is that it would cost the Mets a year of control - not arbitration, but control - if he started the season in the bigs. Players become free agents after their sixth season. If he were to break camp with the Mets, and spend the entire 2013 season in the big leagues, and every year thereafter, he would be under the Mets control for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 and likely be a super-two with four years of arbitration along the way. Were he to spend the first month or so in the minors, 2013 would not count as a full year of service time, and he would not be free agent eligible until after 2019. This stuff matters.
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- At Fangraphs, Eno Sarris takes a look at recent Jays' hitting prospects and their transitions to Toronto and the big leagues, which is pretty grim. He also compares d'Arnaud to other recent catching prospects ranked in the top 25 overall by Baseball America, which is a much more encouraging grouping.
- Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger goes back to Lakewood High School to talk to d'Arnaud's old coaches and Marti Wolever, who was the Phillies' scouting director who drafted d'Arnaud in 2007 and praised his mature demeanor.
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So, that's clear enough. Lets go to the internet for a few more scouting reports. Part 1 is here.
Again, d'Arnaud and Syndergaard immediately become two of the Mets' top three prospects. I have the top three ranked d'Arnaud, Wheeler and Syndergaard.