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Travis d’Arnaud goes 0-for-2 with two walks in MLB debut

Aug 18, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

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Mets top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, a native of Long Beach, California, made his major league debut on Saturday night at San Diego’s Petco Park. With family and friends in attendance, d’Arnaud walked in the top of the second inning, flied out to center in the fourth inning, grounded out to third base in the fifth and drew his second walk of the night in the eighth. He finished 0-for-2 with two walks.

The 24-year-old allowed a passed ball on defense in the sixth inning and the Mets wound up losing to the Padres 8-2, but it was a mostly positive evening for the 37th overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft.

D’Arnaud, acquired from the Blue Jays this winter as part of the seven-player R.A. Dickey trade, was a .328/.402/.588 hitter with 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 86 games at the Triple-A level.

The Mets haven’t said yet whether he’s up for good, but d’Arnaud has a bright future either way.

  1. silversun60 - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    That’s more walks than Arencibia has all year.

    • missthemexpos - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Hey that’s not fair, Arencibia has walked 16 times this year, so what if his strikeout total is 100 more than his walk total, so what if his defense is sub par and he seldom throws out runners stealing second, so what if his batting average is usually around 200, because every once in awhile, usually with the bases empty,he hits a spectacular home run.

      • dondada10 - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        And he’s twice the player Josh Thole is.

        Furthermore, Noah Syndergaard is looking like Christ resurrected in AA.

  2. tjvalley - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Either way, the mets got the #37th overall pick for a tryout guy turned lucky cy young winner that is 40 years old. I’d say the mets are working very well in the right direction.

    • thebadguyswon - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      There was nothing lucky about Dickey’s Cy Young. Slam him all you want, but he earned that. And yes, the Mets crushed Toronto in that trade, obviously.

      • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        The jays only victory was getting a better farm team.

  3. elwaysagenius - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    This is as many as J.P. Arencibia had in both April and may

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    One passed ball and 2 walks. That don’t impress me much. At least he did not get hurt.

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