Fantasy Baseball 2014 Deep Sleeper: Travis d’Arnaud
In what is usually a wasteland for fantasy value, the catcher position looks to be on the rise in 2014. While none of the catchers will be in the top-30 or even the top-50, these players provide a lot of fantasy value late in the draft. Buster Posey, Carlos Santana, Willin Rosario and Yadier Molina can still hit an average of 15 home runs and 65 RBI.
However, there is always an owner or two who is willing to reach for a catcher while there are other valuable players still on the board. Just because your catcher spot isn’t filled up, doesn’t mean you should miss out on pitching or infield depth. When you do decide to draft a catcher, there is one player you should keep an eye on — Travis d’Arnaud.
d’Arnaud made his major league appearance for the New York Mets in the middle of August. He hit his first home run on August 25 and drove in two runs. He finished his short 2013 season with one home run, five RBI and a .202 battling average. It’s hard to judge d’Arnaud’s fantasy value from just 32 games, so here are his minor league numbers.
He played 515 games with various minor league teams. His best season came in 2011 with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. In 114 games, he hit 21 home runs, 78 RBI and .311 average. d’Arnaud had a total of 69 home runs, 309 RBI and a .347 average in his minor league career.
The Mets are a team looking to rebuild. They have some good pieces on offense. David Wright and the addition of Curtis Granderson are two huge power hitters. d’Arnaud does not need to hit 30/100, but is a good player who will get on base and drive in about 60-70 runs. As the No. 1 catcher on the Mets depth chart, d’Arnaud will get the playing time necessary to become a top-20 catcher down the line.
He isn’t a fantasy starting catcher just now, but if he plays well in the first couple of months of the season, d’Arnaud can be a hot waiver wire addition sooner rather than later.