Hey, Travis d’Arnaud liked Mike Piazza growing up in Southern California. I liked Todd Hundley and then Mike Piazza growing up in New York. We’re almost the same! Ok, that’s not true. But there are lots of d’Arnaud features this morning.
– At Fangraphs, Eno Sarris takes a look at recent Jays’ hitting prospects and their transitions to Toronto and the big leagues, which is pretty grim. He also compares d’Arnaud to other recent catching prospects ranked in the top 25 overall by Baseball America, which is a much more encouraging grouping.
– Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger goes back to Lakewood High School to talk to d’Arnaud’s old coaches and Marti Wolever, who was the Phillies’ scouting director who drafted d’Arnaud in 2007 and praised his mature demeanor.
– In the Post, Kevin Kernan goes back to d’Arnaud’s childhood where he and his brother learned to hit in the family driveway.
– At ESPNNY.com, Adam Rubin talked to Phillies’ national crosschecker Jim Fregosi Jr. and former Yankee and one of d’Arnaud’s former manager Sal Fasano, emphasizing the fact that d’Arnaud grew up modeling his game on Mike Piazza.