Mets Promote Top Catching Prospect Travis d’Arnaud
Added by Christina Angelos on August 18, 2013.
Travis D’Arnaud will make his major league debut this weekend, and it could be more than just a three-day preview. The Mets top catching prospect was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas about an hour before Friday night’s game when John Buck returned to New York to be with his wife Brooke, who is expecting their third child.
D’Arnaud was a 2007 first-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Phillies, who traded him to Toronto in 2009 for Roy Halladay. The Blue Jays traded him after last season for another former Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey.
D’Arnaud’s season was cut short last year in Las Vegas when he tore a knee ligament sliding into second base. He was also sidelined for nearly four months this season with a broken left foot from a foul ball.
D’Arnaud, who has missed most of the season with a foot injury, had been on a rehab assignment in Double-A Binghamton, but the team recently promoted him to Triple-A Las Vegas, the same city where he hit .333/.380/.595 last season, when Las Vegas was a Jays affiliate. Overall, d’Arnaud has made 78 plate appearances at Class AAA this year, compiling a .304 batting average, a .487 on-base percentage, and a .554 slugging percentage.
He’s viewed by everyone in and out of the Mets organization as their catcher of the future – someone who will hit for power and average, while providing solid defense behind the plate to go along with tremendous intangibles.
And Mets fans you have something special.