After Friday night’s game in San Francisco, Mets’ catcher Travis d’Arnaud is now sporting a pathetic .180/.271/.273 slash line.
Ever since being the centerpiece in the trade for R.A. Dickey with the Toronto Blue Jays, we have been led to believe that d’Arnaud was one of the better, if not the best, catching prospects in baseball and that he would become a staple in the Mets lineup.
So, what gives?
Sure, injuries have slowed d’Arnaud’s development a great deal and the concussion he suffered in early May is nothing to scoff at. But, when do we objectively assess that d’Arnaud is not working out and send him down to the minors. After all, d’Arnaud has played in less than 100 games in Triple-A between the Toronto and New York organizations. So, perhaps more seasoning can do him some good since he did not spend much time in Las Vegas.
While we shouldn’t give up on d’Arnaud altogether, he simply looks over matched at the plate in the majors. After all, he has more strikeouts (25) than home runs, RBI’s and runs combined.
We have seen the Mets get decent production from Anthony Recker, and the team can certainly continue on without d’Arnaud for the time being. The Mets may give him a couple of more weeks to get it in gear. However, if he is not showing any signs of improvement prior to the all-star break, perhaps the Mets should finally send down d’Arnaud.
d’Arnaud is still young, so people should not give up hope just yet. Many players need additional time back down on the farm before really busting out. Scouts still love his talent and maybe at this moment, he is in a little over his head.
It wouldn’t be such a terrible idea to see if this approach can work with d’Arnaud. This way, maybe he can regain his confidence and come back to the majors a changed man.
If not, well the Mets will always have Kevin Plawecki to fall back on.
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