Now that the 2013 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (David Aardsma) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns for its third year. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2013 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at catcher Travis d'Arnaud.
Mets 101 Player Review: Travis d'Arnaud
2013 Stats: 31 Games, .202 Average, 20 Hits, 1 HR, 5 RBI's, 4 Runs, 12 BB's, 21 K's, .548 OPS
2013 Story: Travis d'Arnaud entered the 2013 season as the prized prospect from the R.A. Dickey trade. After a strong spring training, the Mets sent him to Triple-A Las Vegas to delay his free agency clock and that moved backfired. The rookie's season was derailed in late April when he broke a bone in his foot, knocking him out of action for over two months. After rehabbing, d'Arnaud returned to Las Vegas and hit well enough to earn his long awaited promotion to the major leagues. The Mets recalled d'Arnaud when incumbent catcher John Buck was placed on paternity leave, and they dealt Buck shortly afterward to give the youngster the starting job. d'Arnaud showed a strong eye at the plate, but he struggled to show the power stroke he was acquired for. The young d'Arnaud struggled to adjust to major league pitching, finishing with a .202 batting average with only one home run and five RBI's in a month of action.
2013 Grade: C. D'Arnaud successfully recovered from a broken bone in his foot and made it to the major leagues, but struggled once he got there. The Mets committed to going forward with d'Arnaud, but his first month in the bigs didn't inspire a ton of confidence.
Contract Status: Pre-Arbitration Eligible
Odds of Returning: 99.9%
2014 Role: Starting Catcher
There is virtually no chance the Mets don't bring d'Arnaud back for the 2014 season as their backstop. The Mets can't turn over every position on the roster, and highly touted young catching prospects don't grow on trees. The only scenario that could see d'Arnaud leave New York this winter is if he is dealt for a power bat at another position, like Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki.
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