d’Arnaud’s first home run of the season came as a solo shot in the third inning against Jerome Williams. d’Arnaud is now hitting .333 on the young season. The Mets backstop has always had a lot of potential, and at 26 years old, he could certainly impress as he grows into his prime.
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored on Thursday against the Nationals.
The former top prospect has opened the season on a three-game hitting streak, batting .455 with four RBIs in that stretch. d'Arnaud, who has the ability to end the year as a top-12 catcher, is worth owning in all mixed leagues at this point.
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud left Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Rays due to dehydration symptoms, which should not affect him going forward.
"I was fine," d'Arnaud said. "I could have kept playing. I was feeling fine. A little dizzy, but I got taken out for precautionary reasons. I should have hydrated better before the game so it wouldn't have happened." With temperatures soaring into the upper 80s and a heavy humidity coating Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., d'Arnaud lasted only four innings behind the plate. Finishing 1-for-2 with a run scored on offense, he described the conditions as "like a sauna."
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.