Travis d’Arnaud is raking in Vegas, should be recalled for next series

Posted: June 21, 2014 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

The Mets badly need d'Arnaud to hit when he gets recalled next week

The Mets badly need d’Arnaud to hit when he gets recalled next week

Travis d’Arnaud is doing exactly what the Mets hoped he would do when they optioned. He’s crushing the ball in Triple-A. Now the ball flies out of Vegas and the entire Pacific Coast League but it very encouraging that the 25-year old catcher is driving the ball for extra bases right now.

The catcher is hitting .458 with six homers and 15 RBI’s in 12 games since being sent down.

He was hitting .180 with three HR and nine RBI in 39 games with the Mets.

“It was all mental,” d’Arnaud said of his struggles in New York to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

He said, in Vegas, he’s approaching every at bat like it’s his last, while not thinking about “a hundred different things.”

“I kind of went away from that (in the majors),” d’Arnaud concluded.

I would rather d’Arnaud say it was mental than say he doesn’t know why he wasn’t hitting in the major leagues. Believe it or not Met catchers have actually been even worse since d’Arnaud went down. Met catchers are batting just .177 with 1 HR since d’Arnaud got sent down on June 6th.

Mets catchers this season are hitting .193 (52-270 AB) only the Dodgers (.191) are worse in baseball.

I still think he is going to be a very good catcher and the Mets could really use some production in what has been a very bad offense.

D’Arnaud is expected to return for the two game set at Citi Field vs. the Athletics Tuesday and Wednesday.


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