Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Stats: 2 G, .600 BA, 1 RBI, 5 BB, 1.800 OPS
Top catching prospect Travis D'Arnaud has continued his great spring with a hot start to his regular season. He has shown patience at the plate and has hit well in his first two games.
If D'Arnaud keeps hitting this well, a midseason major league call-up could occur sooner than expected. Nonetheless, D'Arnaud should get called up around the same time as Zack Wheeler, unless John Buck gets hurt.
Speaking of Buck, he has been off to a great start himself. Thus, as of right now, the Mets aren't necessarily desperate for D'Arnaud to get called up immediately. With the way Buck has hit, the Mets could make the most of it and let D'Arnaud develop a little longer in the minor leagues, so that when he gets called up, there will be no turning back.
The good start for both D'Arnaud and Buck is a good problem for a team to have.
The Mets have not had to deal with such a problem at catcher since 1998, when Mike Piazza was acquired while incumbent catcher Todd Hundley was recovering from elbow surgery. Hundley was temporarily moved to left field that season and was traded away the following offseason, while Piazza remained the Mets' catcher through 2005.