d’Arnaud hit just .219 during an unimpressive first half that included a stint on the DL and some time in Triple-A. But the 25-year-old fared better in the second half, when he hit .265 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 196 at-bats. Looking ahead to 2015, d’Arnaud is the type of catcher that fantasy owners should look for at the end of mixed-league drafts. He offers plenty of power potential, and his patient approach at the dish is starting to show signs that he may hit for a decent batting average.
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud on Wednesday underwent successful surgery to remove a bone chip that broke off in his right elbow. D'Arnaud anticipates an approximately one-month recovery, putting him on track to be ready well before Opening Day in 2015.
Though d'Arnaud has not admitted publicly how long he had been playing through discomfort in his elbow, he said the pain became acute while making a throw to second base in a Sept. 23 game against the Nationals. The rookie catcher finished that game on the field, but he did not appear in another game this season. The Mets hope d'Arnaud's injury was at the root of his defensive inconsistencies down the stretch. "Obviously it was affecting his throwing," manager Terry Collins said last week. "I think he changed his mechanics to try to get rid of the discomfort a little bit."
The pop that Travis d'Arnaud felt in his right elbow this week has officially ended his season.
Mets doctors have diagnosed the catcher with a bone spur that broke off inside his elbow and surgery has been scheduled for Oct. 1 to remove it. "It could have been a lot worse," d'Arnaud said Friday afternoon at Citi Field. "It could have been ligament damage. It could have been muscle damage. Unfortunately it was something [nonetheless], but it is what it is. I've just got to keep my head up, go through this process and get it fixed." d'Arnaud said he could not remember when he first felt discomfort in his elbow, but that the throw he made in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game against the Nationals exacerbated it. The rehab process should take approximately one month, giving d'Arnaud more than enough time to be 100 percent by Opening Day.
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.