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Travis D'Arnaud represents an immediate and future upgrade at catcher.
For the first time in a while, Mets fans actually have a reason to get excited.
Reinforcements in the form of top prospects should arrive eventually this season. While their potential to reshape the future is truly what gives fans hope, they also could offer immediate upgrades.
Harvey started off with a bang, and they’ll count on him to continue that production into his first stab at a full MLB season. Even if he suffers through some growing pains, he still beats Mike Pelfrey.
Two premier prospects in Wheeler and Travis D’Arnaud could give the squad a much-needed jolt once they receive promotions.
Regarded as New York’s top pitching prospect even before Harvey’s big-league arrival, Wheeler recorded a 3.26 ERA and 1.17 WHIP last season in Double-A and Triple-A.
He’ll likely stay in Triple-A a bit longer for more fine tuning, as well as prolonging the start of his arbitration clock, but he’ll appear soon enough barring ravishing starts from all five starters, which fans would also equally appreciate.
Wheeler should cement his place in the rotation earlier than Harvey did last season, who joined the Mets toward the end of July.
Perhaps the real difference maker is D’Arnaud, an offensive stalwart behind the plate who can give the Mets their first above-average production at catcher since Paul Lo Duca’s 2006 campaign.
One of baseball’s top young prospects at any position, D’Arnaud amassed a .333/.380/.595 slash line in 67 Triple-A games last year before a PCL injury cut his season short.
Even through some rookie jitters, it’s easy to see D’Arnaud far outpacing Josh Thole’s offensive merit. Thole held his own at times, but served as nothing more than a decent singles hitter with solid plate discipline.
While we’re holding our breath in anticipation for his call-up, the Mets can plug in John Buck, who they also obtained in the Dickey trade, for a power boost.
Perhaps they’re not through in the free-agent market, either.