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Travis d'Arnaud

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Height/Weight: 6?2?, 210 lbs

Acquired:?In trade with Blue Jays with Noah Syndergaard, Wuilmer Becerra and John Buck for R.A. Dickey, Mike Nickeas and Josh Thole

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Among position players on the 2014 Mets, perhaps the most important is catcher Travis d'Arnaud. That's not to say he's likely to be the best Mets batter in 2014 - that should still be face-of-the-franchise David Wright. It's just that d'Arnaud's development is a bigger story with more uncertainty.

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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For the second straight year, MLB.com has named Travis d'Arnaud the top catching prospect in baseball.

Jon Mayo?wrote:?

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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- At Amazin' Avenue, Chris McShane takes a very careful look at Travis d'Arnaud's struggles blocking pitches in the big leagues. I noticed on a few pitches that he's wincing rather than trying to catch the ball with his chest protector. He also reaches late a few times. I look forward to a followup when d'Arnaud has both more big league time and more time working with the big league pitchers in 2014.

- Mets first rounder Dom Smith talked to througthefencebaseball. He also apparently said something silly/homophobic on twitter. I missed the original tweet sequence, but here's his apology.

- LHP Chase Huchingson is headed down to Venezuela to play winter ball. He was suspended for 50 games in late August for a second failed test for a drug of abuse.

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From Baseball Prospectus' "What Scouts are Saying" Series:

?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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AA: @ Altoona Curve 2, Binghamton Mets 1 (13 innings)

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.

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The GCL RehabsApologies to Rafael Montero who threw in AAA last night, but again, the most important thing going on in the Mets' system was on a back field in Jupiter, FL where the GCL Mets beat the GCL Marlins 4-2 and Travis d'Arnaud and Lucas Duda continued their rehab assignments. Both d'Arnaud and Duda played seven innings Thursday, up from five on Wednesay. Nine seems like a logical progression, next doesn't it?

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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GCLEasily the most important thing to happen in the Mets system on Wednesday, and that includes the big league team's loss was catcher of the future (and we mean near-future, like September) Travis d'Arnaud's return to game action in game one of a Gulf Coast League doubleheader. d'Arnaud, rehabbing a broken foot, was 1-for-3 and played five innings defensively.

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.

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At Baseball Prospectus, Jason Parks has his list of the 50 best prospects currently in the minor leagues. He slots Noah Syndergaard at #23 and Travis d'Arnaud at #28.

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:

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Robert Brender, a contributor to MetsMinorLeagueBlog.com, recently spoke with Mets catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud about recovering from his current injury and eventually being called up to the big leagues.

Robert Brender: What have you been doing since breaking a bone in your foot April 17?

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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This is no silver-lining to the news that C Travis d'Arnaud, one of the major pieces in the Mets return from the R.A. Dickey trade has a non-displaced fracture in the first metarsal bone. He will miss time.

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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AAA: Colorado Springs Sky Sox (COL) 19, @ Las Vegas 51s 5?

The wind was blowing out at Cashman Field and the two teams combined on 24 runs, 28 hits, four homers and 15 walks in an action-packed 3:24. The 51s also committed six errors. PCL Baseball!

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.

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AAA: Las Vegas 51s 4, @ Fresno Grizzlies (SF) 3?

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.

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AAA: Las Vegas 51s 10, Sacramento River Cats 5

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.

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?Now with video from SNY's hot stove last night.
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Both the New York Daily News and the NY Post ran Travis d'Arnaud stories this morning with quotes from d'Arnaud and his high school coach.

The Daily News begins with a call from David Wright to d'Arnaud to welcome him to the Mets organization. The Post focuses on his desire to make the Mets out of spring training.

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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Hey, Travis d'Arnaud liked Mike Piazza growing up in Southern California. I liked Todd Hundley and then Mike Piazza growing up in New York. We're almost the same! Ok, that's not true. But there are lots of d'Arnaud features this morning.

- 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.

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