Just in time for the New Year, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of topics related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with number seven and work all the way to number one. This week will mark our final Seven in Seven series of the winter, and we will take a look at the seven best prospects in the Mets farm system. Today we wrap up our countdown with a look at the top prospect in the Met farm system, catcher Travis D'Arnaud.
1. C Travis D'Arnaud
Acquired: Via Trade from Toronto Blue Jays 12/16/12
History: D'Arnaud has been a highly touted prospect since the 2007 season, when he was drafted right out of high school in the first round by the Philadelphia Phillies. D'Arnaud continued to develop for Philadelphia until 2010, when he was the center piece of a deal for Cy Young winner Roy Halladay. Once he arrived in Toronto, D'Arnaud continued to develop into an elite catching prospect. The Blue Jays had hoped to bring D'Arnaud to the big league level at midseason in 2012, but D'Arnaud suffered a season ending knee injury to end his campaign early. Once the season ended, D'Arnaud became the center piece of another trade for a Cy Young Award winner. This time D'Arnaud headlined a package of prospects that went from Toronto to the New York Mets in exchange for R.A. Dickey.
Pros: Solid Bat Speed, Above Average Speed and Power for a Catcher
Cons: Defense and Game Calling Need a Little More Work
Major League ETA: May/June 2013
Travis D'Arnaud instantly became the top prospect in the Mets' farm system upon his arrival in the R.A. Dickey trade. D'Arnaud has tremendous offensive skills for a catcher and also has the defensive ability to become a long term answer behind the plate. The Mets are certainly hoping that D'Arnaud is the real deal, as the team has been struggling to fill the catcher position since Mike Piazza left back in 2005. D'Arnaud will likely start 2013 at Triple-A Las Vegas to give him a little more development time after only spending half a season at Triple-A last year. The Mets can also stand to benefit from starting D'Arnaud in Las Vegas for at least the first three weeks of 2013. If D'Arnaud is called up after 21 days in the season, the Mets can delay the start of D'Arnaud's free agency for one extra season. Regardless of when he arrives, D'Arnaud is one of the most hyped Mets prospects in recent years and could solidify the catching spot for years to come.
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