d'Arnaud has struggled in his first taste of regular action in the Major Leagues with a .232/.298/.379 line, but he has been showing signs of coming out of it in July. During the month, the backstop has gone 21-for-73 (.288) with three of his seven home runs on the season. With the power showing, perhaps the former top prospect is ready to perform up to expectations. Those who have struggled to fill the catcher's spot in fantasy might want to take a look.
Not only is he finally establishing himself in the big leagues, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is beginning to do so in a specific offensive role.
His recent success, including a go-ahead single in the ninth inning on Friday, has entrenched him in the fifth spot in the lineup, where he once again started on Saturday against the Padres. Batting d'Arnaud fifth, manager Terry Collins said, has also given cleanup hitter Lucas Duda the type of protection he lacked for most of the early season. And that's precisely what the Mets envisioned when they traded for d'Arnaud two offseasons ago, believing they'd found a middle-of-the-order bat for years to come. He is batting .318 with three home runs and a .357 on-base percentage in 17 games since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas, compared with .180 with three home runs and a .271 OBP in 39 games to start the season.
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored against the Padres on Friday.
d’Arnaud, who to this point is most famous for being involved in two separate trades involving Cy Young Award-winning pitchers, put together a nice little game on Friday. After a rough start to the season, the 25-year-old is performing well enough recently to avoid another minor league stint considering he has now reached base in 16 of 17 games.
The Mets’ prized prospect acquisition from last offseason, d’Arnaud entered 2013 with high hopes of making a Major League contribution. The touted catcher was unable to do so, however, as first-half injuries delayed a debut that saw him hit .202/.286/.263 in 112 plate appearances. Last season aside, the 25-year-old is expected to receive the bulk of the Mets’ backstop at-bats in 2014, earning a chance to break out as many believe he eventually can.
Fantasy Bottom Line: Prized prospect should be viewed as burgeoning young star.