5. Travis d'Arnaud, C, New York Mets
Mets await arrival of d'Arnaud
D'Arnaud, 24, was initially property of the Philadelphia Phillies when they took him 37th overall in the 2007 draft. He has had the pleasure of twice being traded in deals involving Cy Young winners; once for Roy Halladay and this past winter for R.A. Dickey. D'Arnaud was having a fine season with Triple-A Las Vegas, affiliate of the Blue Jays, last year (.333/.380/.595 with 16 home runs in 279 at-bats) before suffering a knee injury.
It's tough to find catchers who make consistent contact and can hit for average, but d'Arnaud is in the minority. He has quick hands and excellent bat speed, which help him make contact often. He also uses the entire field and can be a 20-homer backstop over a full season. D'Arnaud is athletic and agile on defense, even at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. He has decent speed for a catcher, too, although he probably won't be seen attempting thefts too often.
The Metropolitans traded for d'Arnaud knowing that he'd be their catcher of the future. He's still learning how to call games efficiently, and his defense could use a little work, but his bat is very close to major league-ready. New York will likely start him down on the farm, but with only John Buck and Anthony Recker ahead of him, d'Arnaud will be catching at Citi Field in 2013. He'll be more of an NL-only commodity this year, but expect him to be in play in mixed universes in 2014 when he'll be the unquestioned starting catcher in Flushing.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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