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.
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.
In CBSSports.com leagues, there are currently 15 catchers who have a higher ownership rate than
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
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.
d'Arnaud has six hits with six runs scored in the last five games after starting August in a slump.
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.
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|2010||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||71||263||36||68||20||1||6||38||20||63||3||1||.315||.411||.259|
|2011||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||114||424||72||132||33||1||21||78||33||100||4||2||.371||.542||.311|
|2012||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||67||279||45||93||21||2||16||52||19||59||1||1||.380||.595||.333|
|2013||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||19||56||19||17||8||0||2||12||21||12||0||0||.487||.554||.304|
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