The 25-year-old d'Arnaud has now made 50 starts since a June demotion, batting a solid .266 (50-for-188) with 12 doubles, one triple, nine homers and 24 RBIs in that stretch. As a result, the backstop has boosted his season average from a paltry .180 to .230. In addition, d'Arnaud has quietly tallied more home runs this season (12) than higher profile catchers such as Wilin Rosario, Alex Avila, Wilson Ramos and Russell Martin. He will be a player to target in mixed leagues next season.
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud went 2-for-5 with a solo homer against the Cubs on Sunday.
Since returning to the Mets lineup in late June, d’Arnaud has been putting his bat to good use, slugging .486 with nine homers in his past 47 games. The young backstop had a slow start to the season, but his recent performance is likely to keep him in the lineup for the time being. Although his average is a bit low, a good portion of that is due to a low BABIP (.269), so it is likely that number will improve.
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored against the Phillies on Sunday.
d'Arnaud has gone deep twice in his past three games, which gives him nine homers in 261 at-bats. The 25-year-old was expected to be rejuvenated after a brief Minor League stretch last month, but his numbers in the second half don't look much different that those that he posted early in the season. For now, d'Arnaud is just another low batting average catcher with respectable power, but he still offers plenty of upside. He should be owned in all NL-only leagues and two-catcher formats, while mixed league owners should keep a watchful eye to see if his hot streak continues in the coming days.