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15 Travis d'Arnaud C
Height/Weight: 6-2/195 | Birthdate: 2/10/1989 | Birthplace: Long Beach, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 45/19 | Average Draft Position: 219.84
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First homer brightens loss for Travis d'Arnaud


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud continued to emerge from his early-season slumber Friday night with a solo home run in the eighth inning of an extra-inning defeat to the Angels.

It was his only hit of the game, but his first blast of the year made him 4 for 15 after he had been hitless in his first 16 at-bats this season. He still has plenty of work to do to raise his .129 batting average to a respectable level.


Travis d'Arnaud sits Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud will sit for the first time Saturday.

The club will go with Anthony Recker behind the plate. d'Arnaud has gotten off to a slow start, going hitless in 12 at-bats to open the season. He'll likely return to the lineup Sunday.


Hitting coach expects improvement from Travis d'Arnaud


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens expects catcher Travis d'Arnaud to improve at the plate this season, according to ESPN.

Hudgens said d'Arnaud was probably trying too hard last season. "It looked like he was trying to hit every ball out of the ballpark and overswinging a little bit and probably just trying to do too much," Hudgens said. He added that d'Arnaud has been much more relaxed in camp this year.

While Hudgens wouldn't discuss what he expects from the young catcher, he does seem encouraged by d'Arnaud's skills. Hudgens said he believes more reps is all d'Arnaud needs to turn into a strong player. 

Last season, d'Arnaud hit .202/.286/.263 in 99 at-bats.


Drafting Travis d'Arnaud as starter has risk


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) I like what I'm hearing from Mets rookie catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who said he spent the offseason working on simplifying his offensive approach after hitting a disappointing .202 in 31 games last season. He was a pretty good hitter in the minors, so there is little concern he will eventually find his footing in the majors.

Look, d'Arnaud isn't the first and won't be the last highly touted catching prospect to struggle offensively after his promotion to the majors. Most rookie catchers are burdened with defensive responsibilities upon their promotion and don't have the time to dedicate the attention needed to offense. But it sounds like d'Arnaud took care of that in the offseason, so maybe we will see a different hitter in 2014.

As far as his Draft Day value, catcher is a deeper position than you think. You could end up with players like Matt Wieters, Salvador Perez, Evan Gattis and Wilson Ramos in the middle rounds and be happy.

I'm not sure you want to go into your draft with the strategy d'Arnaud is going to be your starter. He definitely has upside, but d'Arnaud is more of a late-round Fantasy sleeper and you are probably better off bringing him off your bench in standard Head-to-Head leagues.


Travis d'Arnaud worked on shortening his swing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud told reporters Monday about some of the changes he made to his offensive approach this season after he hit a disappointing .202 following his promotion to the majors last season.

"I worked on just shortening my swing," he said, per the New York Post. "Last year, I feel like every pitch, I was thinking something about my swing compared to focusing on the ball and focusing on seeing the ball and hitting the ball. I just have to slow the game down, and toward the end I started feeling a little more comfortable and a lot of weight came off my shoulders."


Travis d'Arnaud ready to take the 'next step' in career


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) While Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud impressed with his defense and ability to call a game upon his arrival to the majors last season, his offense was lacking. The rookie said he wasn't panicked, but transitioning to the majors was a challenge, according to the New York Daily News.

"Anxious would probably be the right word for it," he said. "I was just trying to impress everyone. Every time I went up there, I was trying to hit a home run. I was trying to throw my hardest and hit my hardest to prove myself every time I got a chance. I was trying to prove myself and I just wasn’t myself."

The offseason has been beneficial for d'Arnaud, who spent time in the offseason going back to the basics. The top prospect hit .286 with a .476 slugging percentage and .823 OPS in 515 minor-league games.

"I simplified things, my swing, my approach," d’Arnaud said. "That’s my game, keeping things simple and easy. And I know I’ve got to keep things simple this season. I am feeling really good coming into camp and I am really excited for this season. I am ready to make that next step."


Travis d'Arnaud aims to stay healthy, improve offensively


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is coming off a pretty disappointing debut in 2013 after developing into one of the top catcher prospects in baseball. d'Arnaud hit just .202 with one home run and five RBI in 31 games last season and hopes to have better results in 2014.

"I want to improve obviously offensively," d'Arnaud told the New York Post. "Last year I didn’t do so well in the beginning of my debut, and I just want to go out there and take my singles and just try to make good contact, not do anything crazy."

d'Arnaud posted a .476 slugging percentage and had one 20-homer season in the minors. Though, being a power hitter is not the first thing on his mind.

"I mean, I’m not thinking homers, I’m just thinking get on base, drive in runs, and do whatever I can to help the team win," he said.

As for his personal goals for '14, d'Arnaud just wants to stay on the diamond after two straight injury-plagued seasons.

"My personal goal is to stay healthy all year, that’s my first one," he said. "My second one is to make the playoffs, and my third one is to become a better teammate and a better friend to all my teammates on my team."


Travis d'Arnaud walks in return to lineup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 0 for 2 with a walk in his return to the starting lineup Thursday against the Giants. He missed just one game after suffering a shoulder injury Tuesday.

The rookie backstop has hit .163/.236/.225 with one home runs and four RBI in 80 at-bats with the Mets. He's just 6 for 44 with no extra-base hits in September, and Thursday's walk was his first of the month.


Travis d'Arnaud back Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is back in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Giants.

d'Arnaud did not play Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with a shoulder injury. He's hitting .167 in 78 at-bats. 


Travis d'Arnaud out with sore shoulder


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is out for Wednesday's game against San Francisco with a sore shoulder, ESPN New York reports. The catcher left Tuesday's game with the injury after one at-bat and should be considered day-to-day.

Travis d'Arnaud exits with shoulder injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2013) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud was forced out of Tuesday's game against the Giants with a sore shoulder. He took a foul tip off the shoulder in the second innings and was replaced by Anthony Recker to start the third inning.

He is hitting .167/.233/.231 with one home run and four RBI in 78 at-bats.

Travis d'Arnaud sitting Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Nationals.

a'Arnaud admitted recently that he's been struggling at the plate, which may be the reason for his absence. He's hitting .152 in 66 at-bats in the majors.


Travis d'Arnaud says he's pressing at the plate


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud said he's been pressing at the plate this year, according to the New York Daily News.

d'Arnaud has struggled, hitting just .152 in 66 at-bats. "I am pressing," d’Arnaud said. "I know I am pressing. I am trying to just relax and I am getting more comfortable." Despite the struggles, Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens said he still feels good about the rookie's swing. 

"He’s got a great swing,"Hudgens said. "What he does before, he knows the right sequence, he knows the right movement. Once he gets that down, you’ll see it minimize once he gets comfortable." d'Arnaud will continue to get playing time as he figures out how to hit in the majors. 


Travis d'Arnaud out Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2013) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is sitting Thursday against the Phillies.

Anthony Recker will take over behind the plate with d'Arnaud out. He's hitting .107 in 28 at-bats. 


Travis d'Arnaud secure in role


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/27/2013) Rookie Travis d'Arnaud is the Mets' starting catcher. Has been since he got the call Aug. 17. But with John Buck still lurking on the bench, the Mets could have easily pulled the plug on d'Arnaud if he didn't produce right away.

So much for all that. The Mets traded Buck to the Pirates Tuesday, making Anthony Recker their only recourse at catcher. In other words, d'Arnaud is here to stay.

He hasn't done much with the bat yet, but six walks to six strikeouts in 21 at-bats is pretty good for a youngster. Considering he hardly played in the minors this year because a broken foot, I'm skeptical he'll get going in time to justify a roster spot in single-catcher leagues, where typically only 10 or 12 (depending on the size of the league) catchers are owned, but his upside certainly makes him intriguing in two-catcher formats.


Travis d'Arnaud connects for first major-league HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2013) Mets rookie catcher Travis d'Arnaud hit his first major-league homer during Sunday's 11-3 loss to the Tigers. It was a two-run homer off Rick Porcello in the fourth inning.

d'Arnaud came into Sunday's game with just one hit in his first six games (15 at-bats). He had one double, no RBI and six walks in that span.


Travis d'Arnaud gets a break Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday against the Braves.

d'Arnaud has started the past four games, and is likely receiving a normal day of rest. John Buck will assume the starting role. d'Arnaud is hitting .091 in four games.


Is Travis d'Arnaud a priority pickup?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/19/2013) Reports of Travis d'Arnaud's promotion didn't seem like such a big deal at first, when he was expected to be up for just the few days John Buck was on paternity leave, but now that he's more likely to stick around through the end of the season, Fantasy owners should be aware of him.

Most publications rated Mike Zunino the best catcher prospect coming into the season, but d'Arnaud wasn't far behind. And between the two, he was considered the closer to being major league-ready. Most likely, the 24-year-old would have already established himself as the Mets' starting catcher if he hadn't broken his foot in mid-April. Unfortunately, because of that broken foot, he's played in only 20 games since. He saw plenty of pitches in those 20 games, drawing 11 walks in his last nine, but still, he's attempting make the most difficult transition in his career while still working his way into midseason form.

I think he could be a relevant Fantasy contributor down the stretch, but because of the obstacles he'll have to overcome in a short period of time, I wouldn't expect much more than Jason Castro-type numbers the rest of the way. Looking at my rankings, that would make d'Arnaud barely a top-12 option, so if you're already satisfied with your catcher in a one-catcher league, you can probably leave him for someone else. Of course, in two-catcher leagues, I'm guessing the race to add him is already decided.


Mets makes roster decisions at catcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) The Mets optioned catcher Anthony Recker to Triple-A Las Vegas following Monday's game against the Twins, which means Travis d'Arnaud will remain on the roster as John Buck comes off his paternity leave. Mets manager Terry Collins said before Monday's game if d'Arnaud would remain on the major-league roster, then he likely would be the team's primary catcher.

No decision made yet on Travis d'Arnaud's status


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday a decision about whether Travis d'Arnaud remains on the roster once John Buck returns from a paternity leave hasn't been decided. However, if d'Arnaud remains in the majors, then Collins said he's likely to take over as the starting catcher.

"I am sure if he’s here that would probably be one of the indications that we think he’s going to be the every-day guy," Collins said, per the New York Daily News. "You’ll only be able to tell if he’s going to be an every-day guy by getting him out there and getting experience."


Travis d'Arnaud to supplant John Buck as starter?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) The Mets plan to keep Travis d'Arnaud on the roster once John Buck returns from a paternity leave and expect to give him significant playing time, major-league sources told FOX Sports. d'Arnaud, who was promoted to the majors Saturday, is considered a top 100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 6) and Baseball America (No. 23).

Travis d'Arnaud officially called up


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) Mets top prospect Travis d'Arnaud was officially recalled Saturday, as expected. d'Arnaud joins the team with John Buck being placed on the paternity leave list. 

d'Arnaud, who is making his major league debut against the Padres Saturday, batted .304 with two homers and 12 RBI at Triple-A Las Vegas. He hit .286 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 105 at-bats in the minors. The backstop entered the season as the No. 6 overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com. 


Travis d'Arnaud will be promoted Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Mets catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud will join the team Friday and make his major-league debut Saturday against the Padres, according to the New York Post.

d'Arnaud will fill in for John Buck, who is on paternity leave. He batted .304 with two homers and 12 RBI at Triple-A Las Vegas. He hit .286 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 105 at-bats in the minors.

Travis d'Arnaud 'will be active' Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Mets catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud "will be active" Friday night against the Padres, manager Terry Collins told ESPN.

With John Buck on a paternity leave, d'Arnaud is expected to be called up in time for Friday's game. He batted .304 with two homers and 12 RBI at Triple-A Las Vegas. He hit .286 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 105 at-bats in the minors.

Travis d'Arnaud could be seen soon


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) With John Buck possibly set to leave the team for a few days with his wife due to give birth Thursday, Mets manager Terry Collins could call on top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud to join the team for a series. According to ESPN, Collins said he would consider d'Arnaud as an option to join the team for a few days, though he made it clear even if he does get the call it would just be until Buck is able to return.

d'Arnaud has been playing in Gulf Coast League games while rehabbing from a broken foot, and is expected to resume play at Double-A Binghamton Wednesda.