Pegged as a breakout entering 2015, Travis d'Arnaud actually delivered on the hype ... for the 67 games he played, anyway. Because he missed the better portion of May, June and July with a fractured finger and hyperextended elbow, some Fantasy owners may not have caught on to the fact he had the third-highest OPS among catcher-eligible players, behind only Buster Posey and Kyle Schwarber, and projected to have about 25 homers over a full season. It came after a strong finish to 2014 and at an age (26) when such breakouts are common, so there's little reason to think it was a fluke. If he can stay on the field, he's a safe bet to place in the top five at the position and should be drafted with that assumption.
D'arnaud will see action at other positions during the spring in an attempt to increase his versatility and potentially find a way to get his bat in the lineup when Kevin Plawecki is behind the plate, the NY Post reports. Those other positions are likely first base and left field, though d'Arnaud main work will come behind the plate. D'Arnaud has suffered a variety of injuries while catching, so moving him out from behind the plate has been discussed for a while. But his bat plays much better as a catcher than at another position.
Mets assistant GM John Ricco said Tuesday that d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki could split time at catcher in 2016, Newsday's Marc Carig reports. Ricco also suggested a position change for d'Arnaud or Plawecki could come down the line, but there is no urgency to move either player out from behind the plate at this point. While d'Arnaud hit 12 homers with an .825 OPS in 2015, he once again missed significant time due to injury, something that's been a recurring theme throughout his young career. Splitting time with Plawecki would theoretically keep both players fresh for the long haul.
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is not in the lineup Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports. Manager Terry Collins confirmed d'Arnaud is simply getting the night off. Kevin Plawecki will get the start in his place and hit eighth in the order.
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees. The Mets' young catcher has started four games in a row, so this is pretty standard rest for him. Usual backup Kevin Plawecki will take over behind the plate as the team takes on Michael Pineda.
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 2 for 4 with a big two-run home run in the 4-3 win over the Marlins on Monday. His home run tied the score up at 3-3 in the sixth inning. It was his 12th home run of the season and his second in his last four games.