New York Mets C Travis d’Arnaud was the centerpiece of the trade that sent CY Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays, and yesterday fans were able to get their first good look at what he brings to the game. D’Arnaud, the highest rated catching prospect played battery-mate to P Matt Harvey, and the two were able to get acquainted with what the future has in store.
The catcher might have only gone 0-3 at the plate, but his game-calling was lauded by Harvey and manager Terry Collins. At this juncture in spring training, it’s about getting reps and becoming familiar with the pitchers’ tendencies and knowing the best way to call their games. As Harvey stated:
“It’s a matter of getting on the same page with pitch count and reading hitters,” said Harvey, who had never pitched to d’Arnaud before Sunday. “That only takes time. It’s not going to happen overnight for either of us.”
The hits will come for d’Arnaud who hasn’t played in game action since tearing his posterior cruciate ligament on July 26, 2012 while playing in Triple-A Las Vegas as a member of the Blue Jays. D’Arnaud is expected to begin his Mets tenure in Las Vegas this season, as they took over the team as their Triple-A affiliate, so at least the catcher should be comfortable in his surroundings.
The Mets in the long run will be cautious with d’Arnaud and give him plenty of time to make his mark in Flushing. As d’Arnaud explained:
“I just got to be a little more patient,” said d’Arnaud, “I was a little too aggressive today. I got to see some more pitches. It’s been a while since I’ve hit so I got to just be patient.”
The patience that d’Arnaud and the Mets have will go a long way into making his MLB career even more successful for the long run. As far as I see it, if d’Arnaud can call a good game and be comfortable catching any pitcher on this roster, then his spring will be a success. Let him hone his bat more in Las Vegas, and get up to Queens as quickly as possible.