Playing your home games in the Pacific Coast League (especially his former home park of Las Vegas' Cashman Field) doesn't hurt, but it didn't falsely boost d'Arnaud's pop; he still mashed for a .577 SLG on the road compared to .613 at home in 2012.
As for Buck, Thole ... whatever
There's plenty of thump in a swing that has a potential notable hitch chiefly in a sometimes exaggerated leg kick, which experienced hurlers will try abusing with off-speed stuff. Batted rawhide appears to come off his stick without much effort, though, so that may prove to be a moot point in the future.
In fact, most things about him seem smooth, which could produce a similar-looking transition to big-league play. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder, who'll turn 24 in February, stands closer in stature and build to Buster Posey than he does to Matt Wieters or Joe Mauer, and d'Arnaud's compact hacks limit the potential slow-through-the-zone loopiness that could plague a bigger catcher out of his career gate. His defense is steady enough, if not better, to believe his adjustment won't be arduous.
The backstop's fence-clearing prowess should debut at Citi Field sometime in mid-2013, making him an NL-only stash and immediate deep mixed grab whenever he's summoned.
The young hurler New York netted in the deal boasts his own form of power. Syndergaard, 20, hasn't yet reached Double-A and probably won't debut until 2014.
At 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, he's an imposing figure on the rubber and has overwhelming downward movement on his heat, which touches the high 90s. Though his breaking stuff needs work, the big man's well-oiled delivery betrays his size in a positive way, which neutralizes much of the risk that comes with taller tossers and preserves his high-upside dynasty stock.
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