Tuesday LInks: Td’A’s Pitch Blocking and Dominic Smith

Link– At Amazin’ Avenue, Chris McShane takes a very careful look at Travis d’Arnaud’s struggles blocking pitches in the big leagues. I noticed on a few pitches that he’s wincing rather than trying to catch the ball with his chest protector. He also reaches late a few times. I look forward to a followup when d’Arnaud has both more big league time and more time working with the big league pitchers in 2014.

– Mets first rounder Dom Smith talked to througthefencebaseball. He also apparently said something silly/homophobic on twitter. I missed the original tweet sequence, but here’s his apology.

– LHP Chase Huchingson is headed down to Venezuela to play winter ball. He was suspended for 50 games in late August for a second failed test for a drug of abuse.

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