MLB.com: Travis d’Arnaud is Top Catching Prospect in Baseball

Travis d'ArnaudFor the second straight year, MLB.com has named Travis d’Arnaud the top catching prospect in baseball.

Jon Mayo wrote

If it hadn’t been for injuries, d’Arnaud would be off this list. Despite missing time with a knee injury in 2012 and a broken foot in ’13, he made his Major League debut in August. Traded twice for Cy Young Award winners, he is ready for a full-time gig in the big leagues. The 24-year-old has the chance to be an outstanding offensive player with the ability to hit for average and power. He’s not a slouch behind the plate, either, with more than enough catch-and-throw skills to be an everyday player. All d’Arnaud needs is health, because he has the skill set to be one of the best all-around catchers in the National League.

Kevin Plawecki just missed the list, falling in the “Next Up” category, alongside Oakland prospect Max Stassi.

His comment, excerpted. He has a:

knack for hitting for average and getting on base… If he displays a little more power and continues to prove to people that he can stay behind the plate despite his big frame, he could be a big league regular someday.

17 comments
flushed
flushed

Best all around catcher in the National league? Wouldn't that make him the best in baseball? Splitting hairs maybe, but I'm sick of the assumption that AL is superior in every way, and catching is one example of how it isn't.

chavez06
chavez06

Toby, when can look forward to the rest of top prospects by position. I think you've the pitchers remaining. And when do you expect to start top 41? Thx.

ac0814
ac0814

I really like Plawecki. I wonder if the Mets would consider slotting TDA over at first in 2015 to make room for Plawecki, if he continues to develop, and TDA pans out to be the hitter everyone thinks he can be.

That, or use one of them as trade bait.

thenymets
thenymets

I guess MetsMinors is not planning on finishing its Prospect Rankings by Position series of posting?? They never addressed RHSP or relief pitcher prospects.

Hank259
Hank259

If the Mets have any chance at even a .500 record in 2014, d'Arnaud will have to play like a top ten MLB catcher, maybe even better. He's still a little green, but the talent is there for him to start producing at that rate. However, until he gets through an entire season without major injury, he will always have that cause for concern. 

Starz31
Starz31

Kid is going to be a stud. Just needs to stay healthy and for those nitpicking almost all of his injuries have been bad luck and freak. Not like repeated muscles pulls from poor conditioning, but a broken foot off a foul ball while catching? Or while sliding into a base and hurting the knee? That's not unlike Granderson's injury last year while batting. 

There's a reason the scouts have jobs as scouts and commenters on metsblog are on metsblog.

coppola8
coppola8

does anyone else think he has a slightly build for a catcher ?

Jeff Roland
Jeff Roland

i'd love to be wrong but im not expecting much.

he's fragile, cant stay healthy, and looked terrible both offensively and defensively in his callup,  he's 25, this isnt some 20 year old

Chris
Chris

Kevin Plawecki also got a mention and a write-up in the "Next Up" section at the bottom. The top catching prospect in baseball & two of the top 12? I'll take it.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Starz31Right, but the injury bug is always a concern. Some guys for whatever reason don't get hurt (Molina) while others do. Freak injury or not. 


Not saying he stinks, but it is always a concern.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@coppola8If you think

 Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Weight: 195 lbs (88 kg)

Is slight.

Piazza was:

Height: 6' 3", Weight: 200 lb.

Yadier Molia is
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 220 lb.


ElVPresidente
ElVPresidente

@Mark Kelly   I don't know, Mark, I think they inflate his measurements. John Buck is listed as 6'3". In side-by-sides he looks at least 3-4" taller than TdA.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@coppola8@Jeff RolandI guess piazza wasn't good... he was called up at 23 for 20 games and 24 for his first full season.


That is why he's not a HOFer I'm sure. if he was up at 20 he'd be 1st ballot.

ElVPresidente
ElVPresidente

@Mark Kelly Then based on the same pic, Buck's at least 6'6"!

Screwy, huh? Unless we go up to these guys with a tape measure - good way to get whacked, ha - I guess we'll never know.