Travis d'Arnaud
Travis d'Arnaud
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Tampa Bay Rays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
D'Arnaud's season lasted four games before he tore the UCL in his throwing arm and needed Tommy John surgery to repair it. He is expected to be ready for Opening Day, but let's be real, it's the Mets, so the range of outcomes here is from 100% healthy to amputation of the arm with a Civil War era bonesaw. D'Arnaud is nearly 1,500 plate appearances into his career and owns a disappointing .245/.306/.406 slash line, which is a far step down from those who scouted his minor-league numbers and got excited about what he was doing while overlooking the extremely friendly run environments he played in. He has had one season where he hit over .250, one where he had at least a .340 on-base percentage and one where he drove in 50 runs. The problem is none of those happened in the same season. Catchers take longer to develop than players at other positions, and given the lack of depth at catcher league-wide, a dart throw here is still defensible. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Dodgers in May of 2019. Traded to the Rays in May of 2019.
Rides pine Saturday
CTampa Bay Rays
August 17, 2019
D'Arnaud is not in Saturday's lineup against the Tigers.
ANALYSIS
He is hitting just .179 with zero home runs in 11 August games after hitting .342 with eight home runs in July. Mike Zunino will start at catcher and hit ninth.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
1
3
2
1
4
9
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
2
1
2
9
2
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+41%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+31%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .851 223 26 12 43 0 .268 .336 .515
Since 2017vs Right .688 441 54 18 64 0 .230 .283 .404
2019vs Left .830 122 16 9 23 0 .241 .311 .519
2019vs Right .698 150 24 4 24 0 .244 .320 .378
2018vs Left .500 4 0 0 1 0 .250 .250 .250
2018vs Right .705 12 1 1 2 0 .182 .250 .455
2017vs Left .894 97 10 3 19 0 .302 .371 .523
2017vs Right .681 279 29 13 38 0 .225 .265 .416
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+468%
OPS at Home
2017
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .750 301 33 10 45 0 .255 .322 .428
Since 2017Away .734 363 47 20 62 0 .233 .284 .451
2019Home .742 122 17 4 18 0 .245 .336 .406
2019Away .767 150 23 9 29 0 .241 .300 .467
2018Home 1.262 7 1 1 2 0 .333 .429 .833
2018Away .222 9 0 0 1 0 .111 .111 .111
2017Home .736 172 15 5 25 0 .258 .308 .428
2017Away .734 204 24 11 32 0 .233 .279 .455
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Stat Review
How does Travis d'Arnaud compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.43
 
BB Rate
9.6%
 
K Rate
22.1%
 
BABIP
.267
 
ISO
.198
 
AVG
.243
 
OBP
.316
 
SLG
.440
 
OPS
.757
 
wOBA
.332
 
Exit Velocity
89.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.3%
 
Barrels/PA
5.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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D’Arnaud rebounded back in a better direction in 2017 after injuries derailed his 2016 campaign. His 2017 numbers were not back to 2015 levels, but at least there was some catcher productivity to write home about in terms of homers and RBI. That is where the statistical compliments end because he hurt you in both average and on-base percentage leagues, but his pitch-framing abilities did help Mets pitching when it was not hurt on the disabled list. It is hard to believe that he is already 29 years old, but that is not a bad thing for catchers since they typically take a little longer to hit their stride at the plate. That stride may come in the form of him returning to his 2015 levels, but him hitting .275 with 20 homers -- as was the prediction during his notable rise through the minors -- seems like a pipe dream at this point.
The party line with d'Arnaud has always been plus power potential but can he stay healthy? Entering 2017, it's now fair to question the pop as he's declining in that department. Of course, the multitude of injuries have curtailed growth and catchers often hit the power peak later in their career, so there's still reason for optimism. A right rotator cuff strain cost d'Arnaud most of the first half and he never got it going after returning. The backstop's solid strikeout rate remained intact to go along with a league-average hard contact rate; there's still a reasonable batting average floor, especially for a catcher. However, 2016 featured a big drop in flyballs and HR/FB, resulting in a weak .076 ISO. The second-half struggles resulted in d'Arnaud ceding primary catching duties to Rene Rivera, putting his 2017 role in flux. He's plenty young enough to turn things around, but he needs to demonstrate last season's power outage was a blip, and stay healthy.
D'Arnaud has been one of the best hitting catchers for the better part of the last two seasons, but one longstanding question remains heading into 2016: Will he stay healthy? The 26-year-old has battled a myriad of injuries throughout his career, most recently hand and elbow issues which limited him to 67 games in 2015. He has exceeded 100 games played in just three of his nine professional seasons, with an average of 88.75 games played in his eight years with full-season clubs. When on the field in 2015, d'Arnaud routinely barreled up the ball, slugging .485 in 268 plate appearances, building upon his strong run from the final four months of 2014. However, the durability concerns have led the Mets to consider an even timeshare with d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki behind the plate. It's still possible one of the two could be traded, but the upside of both players will be capped if they do end up splitting time.
D'Arnaud's 2013 struggles lingered into 2014, with the former first-round pick batting just .178/.213/.311 with six extra-base hits (three homers) over the first two months of the season, while he lost time to a concussion. The decision was made in early June to send him for a tune up at Triple-A Las Vegas. Simply put, d'Arnaud was a different player upon his return. He smashed a three-run homer in his first game back and from June 24 on, d'Arnaud hit .272 (70-for-257) with 19 doubles, 10 homers and 32 RBI. D'Arnaud also shortened his swing and trimmed his strikeout rate by close to six percent in the second half (from 18.1% to 12.3%), giving hope to a Mets team that plans on competing in 2015 that he might be on the verge of a full-fledged breakout at the dish. Fantasy owners will obviously be hoping for the same, but without a longer track record of success at the major league level, d'Arnaud will likely remain a fringe starter in most mixed fantasy leagues, at least at the start of the season. He underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow but is expected to be fine for Opening Day.
D'Arnaud, the centerpiece of the R.A. Dickey deal, heads into 2014 with major questions. He suffered an injury that sidelined him a good portion of the season for the second year in a row - this time, it was a fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot that kept him out three months. When he was promoted, his defense was better than advertised, but his offense was near non-existent; he hit just .202 with one home run and five RBI over 112 at-bats in 31 games in the majors. Despite that, he will enter 2014 as the Mets' starting catcher, though Kevin Plawecki is starting to gain some favor as the best catcher in the team's system.
Widely regarded as one of the best catching prospects in baseball, d'Arnaud kept adding to his resume in 2012 before a knee injury ended his season early. In 279 Triple-A at-bats, he collected 16 home runs while batting .333. The Pacific Coast League has been generous to plenty of hitters before him and his BB/K rate (0.33) was not overly encouraging. The Mets acquired d'Arnaud as part of a package for R.A. Dickey in December, where he should take over as the team's primary catcher at some point in 2013 given his advanced defensive skills at a position of need.
d'Arnaud put a back injury and the pitcher-friendly Florida State League of 2010 behind him and re-established himself as a legit catching prospect with a breakout season at Double-A New Hampshire, hitting .311 with 33 doubles and 21 homers as a 22-year-old. He needs to control the strike zone better (33:100 BB:K in 466 plate appearances) if he wants to hold onto his offensive gains against more advanced competition, but he put himself back on the prospect radar after two disappointing seasons. The Jays have an interesting dilemma ahead if d'Arnaud continues to develop at the plate with J.P. Arencibia around, but for now they'll see how d'Arnaud handles the jump to Triple-A.
D'Arnaud battled a back injury and the pitcher-friendly Florida State League to cobble together a respectable season, hitting .259/.315/.411 in 71 games for High-A Dunedin in his first year in the Toronto system. He's got a good defensive reputation, but it remains to be seen if his bat will ever develop into anything fantasy-worthy. We'll have to see how he handles the jump to Double-A before getting too excited.
D'Arnaud was a supplemental pick in the first round of the 2007 draft. He got out of the gate slow with a .207/.269/.363 line in the first half of last season at Low-A Lakewood but really put things together in the second half, hitting .302/.366/.473. D'Arnaud is considered a solid defender and he flashed some power last year with 38 doubles and 13 home runs. If he can continue to hit like he did in the second half of 2009, the Blue Jays will have a very nice catching prospect on their hands after acquiring him in the Roy Halladay trade.
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Multi-hit effort in loss
CTampa Bay Rays
August 15, 2019
D'Arnaud went 2-for-4 in a loss to the Padres on Wednesday, snapping an 0-for-20 skid.
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Sitting Tuesday
CTampa Bay Rays
August 13, 2019
D'Arnaud isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Padres.
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Sitting out day game
CTampa Bay Rays
August 7, 2019
D'Arnaud is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.
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Day off Monday
CTampa Bay Rays
August 5, 2019
D'Arnaud is not in the lineup Monday against Toronto, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
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Walks three times in win
CTampa Bay Rays
August 4, 2019
D'Arnaud went 1-for-2 with three walks, a run and an RBI in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Marlins.
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