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Mets expect Travis d’Arnaud’s demotion to Triple-A to last “a while”

Jun 9, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Yesterday the Mets demoted rookie Travis d’Arnaud back to Triple-A and, based on manager Terry Collins’ comments, it sounds like the 25-year-old catcher should get comfortable in Las Vegas.

Asked by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York how long d’Arnaud was likely to remain in the minors, Collins replied:

I don’t have a timeframe, but it’s going to take him a while to get it going to where we think it’s, “Hey, look, it’s time to bring him back here.” … It’s very hard. He is our guy coming into spring training, and he’s been our guy since he got called up last year. But he’s a young player who is still learning, still trying to get better.

You weigh the factors of: Is he getting something out of this? Or is it hurting him in the long run to continue to struggle? As I told him last night, “You’re not the reason we’re not scoring, but right now the fingers are being pointed in your direction, which I don’t think is necessarily fair. So right now you’ve got to go get your swing, come back and tear it up like everybody expected.”

d’Arnaud was ranked as a top-100 prospect by Baseball America every season since 2010, including the No. 38 overall spot this year, but now he’s 25 years old with a .189 batting average through 70 career games and seems likely to spend at least the remainder of the first half at Triple-A (where he previously hit .328 with a .990 OPS in 86 games).

  1. paint771 - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Kind of ironic, but his previous stint in AAA, when he was coming up with the Blue Jays, was also in Las Vegas, right before they shifted their affiliation to Buffalo.

    /apropos of nothing

  2. powershowcase - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    3rd Organization…this is not by accident.

    • neoshweaty - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      What? He was an elite prospect included in trades for elite major league talent each time. He was part of the Roy Halladay trade and the RA Dickey trade and outside of injury problems was killing minor league pitching.

      He may very well be a AAAA talent (please no. the mets are bad enough already) but to claim that him being on his third organization (the first one he got to the majors with to boot) is some sign of some problem is stupid. You can just point to his numbers in the majors as proof that he may not be as good as advertised without jumping to some talking head nonsense.

    • dohpey28 - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Yeah he must be terrible to get traded for 2 Cy Young award winners. Bum.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    I suspect the time involved is due to the amount of time that his career needs to putrify before he can be processed for Soylent Green. The Wilpoons surely must have invested in one of Bernie Madoff’s fermenting tank farms, right?

  4. Andee - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    I think he’s getting a raw deal here. Nothing really left for him to accomplish in the minors. Let him take his lumps. I can’t imagine a steady dose of Recker is really the answer here.

  5. felser - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Believe, me, I”m no RAJ fan, but it’s interesting that none of the players he traded for Halladay, Oswalt, and Pence (Drabek, Taylor, D’Arnaud, Villar, Happ, Cosart, Singleton, et al) have actually accomplished anything meaningful at the MLB level yet, and those trades go back a few years. I understand they may yet get burnt very badly on the Pence package, but they haven’t yet, and the jury is far enough in on the Halladay and Oswalt packages to say Halladay was a win and Oswalt was not a disaster.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Go back even further – people said giving up Lou Marson, Jason Donald and Carlos Casrsco was a risk for Cliff Lee. Heck – they even got Marson back this year as a non-roster invitee, and still cut him!

      I’ve said it so many times I am sick of hearing me say it….Amaro’s sin have been in bad contracts and poor drafting. And to a lesser degree, purr trades for unloading salary (Pence to SF, Vistorino to LA, Lee to Sea). But he has proven pretty good at deciding when to give up on a young Kid. And before anyone screams Singleton at me – yes, that one probably doesn’t look so hot. But there are always a few bum moves by any GM. Heck – Pat Gillicak traded Gio Gonzales as a throw in along with Gavin Floyd.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        I’m starting to wonder if Amaro has a panel with self-destruct buttons in his office for each traded prospect/rookie. It’s almost uncanny how they have all blown up till now.

  6. garybrian - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Maybe the Blue Jays weren’t so dumb to get rid of this guy after all. Injury prone, can’t hit is not a label for success.

    • neoshweaty - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      To be fair, I think the main piece of that Dickey trade was and will be Noah Syndergaard. Save for a few random injuries, he’s been really good in the minors. I hope d’Arnaud figures it out. He should be in the majors trying to figure it out though rather than in AAA in Las Vegas where the numbers are so skewed on offense as to be basically irrelevant. We know he can kill minor league pitching. Can he make adjustments to major league pitching over the course of a full season? Maybe not, but with the way that the Mets are playing what risk was there in seeing what he can do everyday instead of tossing in equally light hitting Anthony Recker out there every now and again to see what he can do.

  7. danfrommv - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    He sounds like he might become the “legends of AAA” player. He could join former Angels top prospect Brandon Wood on the team of “players that were projected to be sure fire MLB regulars, but can’t hit a lick once they make it to the show”. I’m sure fans of every team has at least one or two Brandon Wood in their past 10 years.

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