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DOB: 2/10/1989 (Age: 24)
Height/Weight: 6’2”, 195
Drafted/Signed: First round, 2007 by Phillies (Lakewood HS, Calif.)
Season in Review: Batting .333/.380/.595 with 16 home runs in 67 games at Triple-A Las Vegas, d'Arnaud would have likely served as a September call-up had he not suffered a season-ending knee injury in June. Regarded as the top catching prospect in the game, the 24-year-old was traded to the New York Mets this offseason in the R.A. Dickey deal.
Scouting Report: 6’2” right-handed hitter has above-average bat speed; impressive raw power; lift to stroke; generates backspin carry; power frequency continues to improve; short, compact swing; good feel for bat head relative to zone; makes loud contact to all fields; has some swing-and-miss in his game; will pull open with front side; needs to focus on driving the ball to right-center gap; keeps hands inside ball when in a groove.
Defense has vastly improved over last two seasons; quiet athleticism; moves well laterally behind the plate; has become a more aggressive blocker; boxes fewer balls; receiving skills continue to improve; gives umpires a good look at pitches; has been lauded by pitchers and managers for putting down good fingers; plus arm is strongest defensive asset; footwork can get out of sync with arm; career-best 30 percent caught-stealing rate prior to injury.
Spring Training Forecast: The spring will offer d’Arnaud the opportunity to settle in with his new organization and familiarize himself with the team’s pitching staff. Despite his checkered medical history, the 24-year-old should receive plenty of at-bats over the next month as a means of making up for lost time.
2013 Outlook: Travis d’Arnaud enters the 2013 as the top catching prospect in the game and a franchise future with his new organization. Considering he hasn’t played in a professional game since June, he will open the year at Triple-A Las Vegas. However, his stay may be short-lived, as the Mets will likely promote d’Arnaud to the majors once he’s regained rhythm on both sides of the ball, and service time is no longer a concern.