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Travis d’Arnaud is destroying Triple-A pitching

Jun 20, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud was demoted to the minors two weeks ago after hitting just .180 in 39 games (and .202 in 31 games as a rookie last season), but now he’s taking his frustration out on Triple-A pitchers in a huge way.

Las Vegas and the Pacific Coast League are admittedly very hitter-friendly environments and two weeks is admittedly a very small sample size, but d’Arnaud has hit .432 with six homers, six doubles, and 15 RBIs in 11 games. That works out to a .479 on-base percentage, .977 slugging percentage, and 1.456 OPS.

d’Arnaud has always hit well in the minors and also put up huge numbers at Las Vegas last season, but what he’s doing there right now is … damn. There’s already some speculation that the Mets plan to recall d’Arnaud from Triple-A at some point next week, which goes against the initial reports that they planned to keep him in the minors for a while. I guess a 1.456 OPS will sway some opinions.

  1. thomas844 - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    He may be one of those AAAA players, one who is too good for the minors but not good enough for the majors. I hope I’m wrong though, I’d love to see him thrive as a major league hitter.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      This was my initial thought aswell. Hard to say, but part of the problem is due to the absolutely MASSIVE gap between AAA and MLB. Not only are they not in the same zipcode, I’m not even sure they are in the same country. Hopefully for the kid, it was only a matter of getting his comfort level and timing back.

      • gloccamorra - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        It’s possible to use PCL stats to predict MLB performance. Divide the PCL state by two and you’ll get initial major league performance.

        Arnaud’s problem is that 39 games and 31 games is not enough to see if a rookie can hack it. If he’s solid defensively, make him the primary catcher and play him every day for a couple/three months. Tony Gwynn got sent down, Mickey Mantle got sent down – they figured it out soon enough, but they were given the chance to play every day.

    • neoshweaty - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      I spend way too much time watching a terrible team like the mets so I’ve gotten a chance to see a ton of d’Arnaud at bats. He has a good eye at the plate and will take a walk on a borderline pitch more often than not but he just doesn’t seem to make solid contact on major league pitching most of the time. Hopefully getting some more consistent playing time gives him chance to get his timing right at the major league level when he’s called up.

      Cycling between no-hit d’Arnaud, Teagarden and Recker clearly hasn’t worked. If he gets called up, I’d rather see him play everyday unless he needs a day off to rest. The team isn’t going anywhere. It’s time to see if the young guys can hack it at the major league level for an entire year and not in fits and starts. God, it’s a wonder any prospect develops at all with the mets given their inconsistency.

  2. rbts2014 - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    I’ll be looking out for d’Arnaud if he’s still with the 51s when they come to Albuquerque for 4th of July weekend.

    My favorite catcher that has been ripping it since a demotion is Tim Federowicz. Since his option to Albuquerque after AJ Ellis came off the Dodger DL, Fedex is hitting .389 with 4 homers and 8 RBI in 4 games.

    Maybe fedex and d’arnaud can have a beer together 4th of july weekend celebrating their destruction of PCL pitching after demotion.

  3. chill1184 - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    People also forget that catchers in general take slower to develop than pitchers and other position players.

  4. paperlions - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Hitting in Las Vegas masks a lot of ills. Las Vegas made Anthony Gose look like he could hit a baseball.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      touche

  5. cbosa - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    If he could only do that in the major league level he would be an all-star year in and year out, but that dry desert air makes anyone a power hitter.

  6. jetsfaninindy - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    He had a lot of hype coming up. He just needs
    at bats. He will be fine. Being a young player,
    in NYC, and coming in a trade for a fan fave/Cy
    Young winner can’t be easy.

  7. greymares - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Further proof that everyone promotes themselves to a level of incompetence

  8. gpa27 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    It should be noted that jp arencibia was a superstar in Las Vegas as well.

    • canadiansportsfan77 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Not just a superstar, the league MVP

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