When the New York Mets traded reigning Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays this offseason, the main piece that came back was top catching prospect, Travis d’Arnaud. The young catcher had a great spring training, prompting many to wonder how soon he could be the Mets everyday starter behind the plate.
However, it’s another catcher that they got in the trade with Toronto, John Buck who has stalled the d’Arnaud discussion early this season.
Buck was traded to the Blue Jays as part of the Miami Marlins’ firesale, which included former Mets shortstop, Jose Reyes. He was promptly shipped to New York as a thrown in part of the Dickey trade. Before the season started, the idea was that Buck would be the starting catcher until the team was ready to call up d’Arnaud.
However, Buck has taken it a step further as his 12 RBIs through the first seven games, a Mets’ franchise record, have helped carried the team offensively. Buck is unlikely to remain this hot for the entire season, but has already exceeded expectations for a team that only had 48 RBIs combined from their catchers all of last season.
D’Arnaud appears to be a star on the rise, but if Buck continues on his tear, there is no reason for the Mets to rush the young prospect to the MLB. The young catcher is currently with the Mets’ Triple-A Las Vegas ball club with fellow top prospect, Zack Wheeler.
Buck has been a welcomed surprise for the Mets early this season, and as long as it continues, less and less will be made of d’Arnaud’s eventual rise to the majors.