Travis d’Arnaud has faced an enormous amount of pressure since making his MLB debut last year. Although he excelled at calling games and made great strides studying the pitching staff, his offensive production was dreadful. The New York Mets made the call to send d’Arnaud down to the minors, and that decision appears to be paying off in a big way.
D’Arnaud’s offense has improved enormously since being demoted to Las Vegas. He’s hitting well over .300 since the beginning of June and has sprinkled in some important hits along the way. He’s definitely a more confident hitter, and his recent run of success seems to have rejuvenated the ball club.
The New York Mets believe Travis could be a franchise catcher; something the organization has lacked in the years following Mike Piazza‘s departure. Championship teams usually have championship-caliber catchers, and the Mets certainly hope that’s the kind of player Travis can be.
The Mets probably aren’t going to make a run at the playoffs this year. Even though the division is rife with mediocrity and nobody has been able to run away with it, the Mets put themselves in a pretty sizable hole. Even if New York manages to sweep their four-game series with the Atlanta Braves, they’ll still find themselves six games behind their heated rivals. At least the Mets are showing their fans that they’re not ready to give up on 2014, even if upper management already has.
One thing’s for sure; Travis d’Arnaud’s reemergence is giving Mets fans plenty to be happy, and hopeful, about.