Last night in Las Vegas, the New York Mets received some unfortunate news when catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud had to come out his game for the Mets AAA affiliate after a foul tip hit him in the foot. Today, d’Arnaud was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in the first metatarsal in his left foot, and is on his way to New York for further evaluation.
Considered the top catching prospect in all of Major League Baseball and among the top prospects overall, d’Arnaud was off to a great start of the season in April. In 12 games he has nine hits, including six extra-base hits, as well as more walks (12) than strikeouts (eight). Defensively, he was playing like a polished catcher that knew how to handle a pitching staff and was close to being ready for a major league promotion.
Within a month, d’Arnaud likely would have been called up to the Mets, and so the injury changes the plans the Mets had at the catcher position for this season and possibly beyond.
Unfortunately, d’Arnaud is no stranger to injuries. He suffered a season-ending injury during his AAA season last year which prevented him from playing more than 67 games. So for the second-straight season, d’Arnaud will miss an extended period of time due to injury.
His previous injury slowed his development, and his latest injury will prevent him from making his major league debut anytime soon. Although a bit of a freak injury, it still calls into question if d’Arnaud is an injury-prone player.
The extent of the injury and exactly how much time d’Arnaud will miss are not yet known with certainty, but it’s unlikely to be a quick recovery. Even with John Buck off to a good start as the Mets primary catcher, the team was looking forward to having d’Arnaud in the big leagues soon, as he is the catcher of the future.
But after this latest injury, that future has been pushed back, which is a crushing blow for both d’Arnaud and the Mets.