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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%: 65/51 | Average Draft Position: 218.74
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Mets preparing to have too much of a good thing at catcher


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:21 pm ET) The Mets might have an overcrowding problem behind the plate next season, given the progress Travis d'Arnaud and prospect Kevin Plawecki have shown this season.

"If their potential starts to converge at the major league level, and it warrants major league time, then we'll have to make a decision," manager Sandy Alderson told the New York Daily News Tuesday. "But in the meantime, we're happy to have both of them. But Kevin has made a lot of progress, and obviously Travis has done well the second half of this season."

Alderson does not think either player is likely to be used in a backup or reserve role. d'Arnaud is hitting .277/.321/.480 in 177 at-bats since the All-Star break, while Plawecki is hitting .309/.365/.460 in 101 minor-league games while reaching Triple-A. 


Travis d'Arnaud dealing with sore wrist


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud was given a half day on Thursday because of a sore wrist, ESPN New York reports. D'Arnaud was pulled after four innings for Anthony Recker, who hit a home run in his place against the Nationals.

D'Arnaud is hitting .246 with 13 homers and 38 RBI over 354 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's game against the Nationals.

Travis d'Arnaud drives in four in blowout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud continued his hot-hitting ways Friday, as he led the team to a 14-5 win over the Reds.

d'Arnaud put together his third multi-hit effort in the last four games, as he reached base four times by going 3 for 4 with a walk. He drove in four runs in the game as well, with a first-inning RBI single and then a three-run home run in the fourth, while scoring twice in the blowout.

d'Arnaud is 9 for 16 in four September games, to raise his season line to .243/.306/.412 in 337 at-bats.


Mets discussing Travis d'Arnaud position change


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) The Mets have had preliminary conversations with catcher Travis d'Arnaud about possibly changing positions to keep him healthy, the New York Daily News reports Friday.

"We've talked about it,” manager Terry Collins said. "We’ve brought it up. Obviously, with what he's started to do offensively, we've got to see if these concussions are leading to anything. Is he changing his position (defensively), where he is positioning himself behind the hitter, to get less foul tips?"

d'Arnaud has had four reported concussions in his career, an issue that is only exacerbated by playing behind the plate. Despite that, Collins does not think it is likely to happen at this point.

d'Arnaud has made himself an indispensable part of the club's long-term plans with his play this season. Since returning from his latest concussion in June, he is hitting .265/.308/.486 over his last 50 games. 


Mets considering moving Travis d'Arnaud to the outfield


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The Mets have considered moving catcher Travis d'Arnaud to the outfield, according to the New York Daily News

Manager Terry Collins confirmed that the team has discussed moving d'Arnaud."We’ve talked about it," Collins said. "We’ve brought it up. Obviously, with what he’s started to do offensively, we’ve got to see if these concussions are leading to anything." By moving d'Arnaud to the outfield, the team is hoping to keep his bat in the lineup while making sure he stays healthy. a'Arnaud has already suffered four concussions in his career. 


Travis d'Arnaud leaves the yard vs. Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud left the yard Sunday afternoon against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

D'Arnaud launched a solo home run off Kevin Correia in the second inning. He finished 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. He owns a .228/.292/.396 slash line with 12 homers and 32 RBI over 303 at-bats.

Travis d'Arnaud smacks 11th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud served as the designated hitter Tuesday and went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 6-2 loss to the A's Tuesday.

d'Arnaud broke a scoreless tie with his shot in the top of the fourth inning, but the A's were able to pick up four runs in the bottom half of the inning and hold the lead over the remainder of the game. He has hit .227/.293/.395 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 286 at-bats.


Travis d'Arnaud smacks 10th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-2 loss to the Nationals Wednesday.

d'Arnaud brought his team to within one run with his leadoff home run in the ninth inning, but the Mets weren't able to finish the comeback. The catcher has collected three home runs in his last five games. He owns a .230/.295/.398 line with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 269 at-bats.


Travis d'Arnaud has arrived as a No. 1 catcher


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(8/13/2014) In CBSSports.com leagues, there are currently 15 catchers who have a higher ownership rate than Travis d'Arnaud's 57 percent. Outside of very deep leagues, D'Arnaud is not serving very many owners as a No. 1 catcher. Based on what he has done over the past seven weeks, that needs to change.

Since coming back from a minor league rehab stint on June 24, d'Arnaud has been the fourth-ranked catcher in standard Rotisserie leagues and fifth in Head-to-Head points leagues. After struggling to hit for power duirng his initial callup late last season and again early this season, d'Arnaud is finally collecting extra-base hits, just like he did in the upper minors.

There should be little doubt that d'Arnaud has taken his game up a notch. All six home runs he has hit since returning to the Mets have been categorized by the ESPN Hit Tracker as having "plenty" of distance (one actually fell into the "No Doubt" category). He also has a .270 batting average with 10 doubles over this recent stretch, but with a .287 BABIP, d'Arnaud doesn't appear to be benefitting from good luck on balls in play.

Perhaps most encouraging, the average distance of d'Arnaud's flyballs has increased dramatically since his return. According to BaseballHeatMaps.com, in d'Arnaud's first 39 games this year, he averaged 264 feet in flyball distance, but over his 37 games since, that mark has jumped to 287 feet.

As I noted in a recent blog post, d'Arnaud's surge in productivity hasn't done much for his Fantasy popularity in recent weeks, while other catchers with more limited upside, like Caleb Joseph and J.P. Arencibia have been getting picked up in droves. Not only is d'Arnaud a better mixed league pickup than either of these two backstops, but he is likely to be more productive going forward than Brian McCann or Kurt Suzuki, both of whom are far more widely owned.

If you're disappointed with the production of your catcher in a one-catcher league, it's time to give d'Arnaud a try. Chances are good that he will be there for the taking on your league's waiver wire.


Travis d'Arnaud set to sit Monday against Phillies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud has slugged two home runs in his last three games, but he will be hard-pressed to make it three of four. He is out of the lineup for the Monday afternoon game in Philadelphia. Anthony Recker will crouch behind the plate instead.

d'Arnaud has six hits with six runs scored in the last five games after starting August in a slump.


Travis d'Arnaud slugs eighth home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4 win over the Phillies Friday.

d'Arnaud began August hitless in 10 at-bats over a four-game span, but he's 4 for 11 with a double and a home run in his last three outings. He has hit .225/.289/.375 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 253 at-bats.


Travis d'Arnaud turns into a slugging machine Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud hit the ball all over the yard Monday against the Phillies. 

The catcher got in on the action during his first at-bat. He doubled on the first pitch he saw from A.J. Burnett. d'Arnaud would come in to score during the inning. In the fifth, d'Arnaud struck again, taking an 81 mph knuckle curve from Burnett out to left for a three-run shot. He doubled again later in the game. d'Arnaud finished 3 for 4, with two runs scored and three RBI. 


Travis d'Arnaud emerging as mixed-league catcher


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/10/2014) It's too early to tell anything -- most any player can go off for a two-week stretch -- but the timing of this particular hot streak and the history of the player in question make it too enticing to ignore.

In 13 games since returning from the minors, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is hitting .300 (15 for 50) with three home runs and a .900 OPS.

No, his plate discipline hasn't been especially good -- he has 13 strikeouts to just three walks during that stretch -- but that wasn't exactly his calling card in the minors either. He was just a good hitter, routinely hitting well over .300 with plus power.

It's worth noting he hit .436 (24 for 55) with six home runs and a 1.384 OPS during his stint in the minors, but that was at Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League, a level he dominated while in the Blue Jays organization as well. Still, it all plays into d'Arnaud's theory that he was simply trying to do too much in his previous stints in the majors.

So a former top prospect who struggles to find his footing in the majors gets sent down, rediscovers his stroke and comes back to put up the numbers everyone from him all along. Again, it's not an open-and-shut case, but if you need a catcher (perhaps if you lost Yadier Molina), it's reason enough to act.


Travis d'Arnaud slugs sixth home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 1 for 3 with a two-run home run in his team's 4-1 win over the Braves Wednesday.

d'Arnaud has picked up at least one hit in 12 of his 13 games since returning from the minor leagues, and Wednesday's home run was his third in that span. He has hit .213/.289/.354 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 178 at-bats.


Travis d'Arnaud coming on strong for Mets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud hasn't been tearing it up, but he has proven to be steady and productive in recent weeks.

d'Arnaud has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games with 11 hits in 37 at-bats. Included were three doubles and two home runs as d'Arnaud has racked up seven RBI during that period. He has lifted his batting average from .180 to .206 and his still-weak .333 slugging percentage is at its highest point since May 1.


Travis d'Arnaud could finally be turning into reliable option


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) It didn't take long for Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud to make an impact in his first game back from the minors, clubbing a three-run homer off Scott Kazmir during Tuesday's win against the A's. Tuesday's performance should be even further proof why you should consider adding d'Arnaud to your Fantasy roster.

d'Arnaud was a player featured in this week's Waiver Wire column, and I'm not backing down from my assessment. In fact, Tuesday's home run only strengthens it. 

The Mets demoted d'Arnaud in early June to get his confidence up, and he's done exactly that. He posted ridiculous numbers following his demotion, and it seems he's ready to carry that over into the majors. Perhaps we should take his minor-league numbers with a little grain of salt since he was back in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. However, manager Sandy Alderson said not all of d'Arnaud's home runs were in hitter's parks and some came against top-quality pitching. 

d'Arnaud came into the season as a fringe starter in Fantasy, as many of us were anticipating a breakout season. It might have taken a little longer than expected to happen, but now might be the time to start gaining confidence in d'Arnaud living up to his potential.


Travis d'Arnaud returns in style with home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud celebrated his return to the big leagues by going 1 for 4 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 10-1 win over the A's.

d'Arnaud blew the game open with a third inning home run that put his team up 7-1. He racked up six home runs in 15 games with Triple-A Las Vegas during his stint in the minors and may have his power stroke back on track. The catcher has hit .182/.270/.295 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 132 at-bats with the Mets.


Travis d'Arnaud added back to Mets' roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) The Mets officially recalled catcher Travis d'Arnaud from Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday. d'Arnaud had quite the run with Las Vegas following his demotion in early June, batting .436 with a .909 slugging percentage, 1.384 OPS, six home runs, eight doubles and 16 RBI in 15 games.

Travis d'Arnaud to return to Mets Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is expected to be in New York for Tuesday's game against the A's, the team announced.

d'Arnaud, who left his game with Triple-A Las Vegas Monday to make the trip, went 24 for 55 with eight doubles, six home runs and 16 RBI in 15 games with the minor-league club. He is expected to take over starting duties at catcher moving forward.


Travis d'Arnaud still on track for recall during A's series


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) The plan remains for the Mets to recall catcher Travis d'Arnaud from Triple-A Las Vegas during a two-game series vs. Oakland, which begins Tuesday, team insiders once again told ESPN.

d'Arnaud has been on a tear since his demotion to the minors a few weeks ago. He is batting .444 (24 for 54) with a .926 slugging percentage, 1.409 OPS, six home runs, eight doubles and 16 RBI in 14 games since his demotion.

"It's encouraging," general manager Sandy Alderson told ESPN of d'Arnaud's progress after Sunday's win at Miami.

Alderson added d'Arnaud's production can't be dismissed because of the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.

"He's done it in other ballparks, too," Alderson said. "So it's not just Vegas. And off some decent pitching. [Tim] Cooney pitched [Saturday] night. So you can't totally discount it."


Travis d'Arnaud might be able to help spark Mets' lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins feels catcher Travis d'Arnaud could be the spark the team's lineup needs when he returns from Triple-A Las Vegas, which is expected to happen later this week, per MLB.com.

d'Arnaud is hitting .453 with nine multi-hit games, eight doubles, six homers and 16 RBI in 13 games since being demoted to the minors in early June.

"Certainly, we don't expect him to hit .500, but if [going to the minors] helped and it's built up his confidence and he's changed a couple of things, then when he comes back, he'll be a big boost to us," Collins said.

"Hopefully, when Travis comes back, he brings that hot bat with him and ... Boy, I'll tell you, it changes that one part of the lineup to be that guy down there that can do some damage and drive in a run, because that's what we've been missing."


Travis d'Arnaud on struggles with Mets: 'It was all mental'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Catcher Travis d'Arnaud is torrid at Triple-A Las Vegas. It remains to be seen if he can carry his hot bat back to the Mets.

d'Arnaud believes it was in his head. "It was all mental," he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal about his poor production before a demotion and concussion. "Just focusing in on every at-bat like it's my last at-bat. Not thinking about a hundred different things. Just focusing on one thing and keeping a solid approach on each and every pitch. I kind of went away from that."

The 25-year-old d'Arnaud is expected to return to the Mets early next week. He was hitting just .180 before getting sent down, but is batting .432 with six home runs and 15 RBI in just 11 games with Las Vegas.


Travis d'Arnaud scheduled to return June 24 or 25


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) The Mets have tentative plans to promote catcher Travis d'Arnaud during a two-game series against the A's that begins on June 24, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

D'Arnaud was optioned to the minors earlier in June after struggling to a .180/.271/.273 line in 128 at-bats. He's found his stroke at Triple-A Las Vegas, hitting .395 with five home runs and 10 RBI in 38 at-bats.


Travis d'Arnaud on verge of return to Mets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud has 38 at-bats at Triple-A Las Vegas in his rehab from a concussion that has sidelined him since June 6. That has led the team to declare to the New York Post that he will be back with the big league club "soon."

d'Arnaud has been tearing it up at that level with a stat line of .395/.452/.868. He already has five home runs.


Travis d'Arnaud to receive 40-50 at-bats before big-league return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters that he would like catcher Travis d'Arnaud to receive 40-50 at-bats before the team reconsiders bringing him back to the majors, MLB.com reports.

"It's not going to happen in five or six days," Collins said. "I think he needs to be there a couple weeks. He needs to accumulate some at-bats."