Travis d'Arnaud: Toronto Blue Jays' Top Prospect Having Solid Season

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIMay 6, 2012

DUNEDIN, FL - MARCH 02:  Travis d'Arnaud #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses for a portrait at Dunedin Stadium on March 2, 2012 in Dunedin, Florida  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Blue Jays' No. 1 top prospect, Travis d'Arnaud, may have had a slow start to the 2012 season, but he has turned that around and is having a strong season so far playing for Triple-A Las Vegas.

After being named the best defensive catcher in a 2011 poll of Eastern League managers, d'Arnaud is living up to the honor. He led the league with a .542 slugging percentage in 2011.

In addition to the 2011 poll, Baseball America named him the best defensive catcher in the Eastern League in 2011.

Playing in Triple-A this season, he has 29 hits, eight doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI with a .271 batting average, a .342 OBP and .402 slugging percentage in 107 at-bats.

Catching 22 games so far this season, he has thrown out three of 11 base-runners in stolen-base attempts and has a fielding percentage of .979.

Throughout his career in the minor leagues, d'Arnaud has achieved numerous accomplishments. He is a multi-time All-Star, achieving that status in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

In 2010, he was named Player of the Week in April.

In 2011, not only was he an Eastern League Champion with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, but he was also the MVP.

The 2011 season proved to be his best, with a batting average of .311, 132 hits, 33 doubles, one triple, 21 home runs and 78 RBI in 424 at-bats.

With some time in Triple-A to further develop, d'Arnaud will add strong catching depth for the Blue Jays with a powerful bat.