New York Mets: Will Travis d’Arnaud Ever Breakout?
Jun 21, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) before an MLB baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Once considered a can’t miss prospect, New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud has been anything but. Will he ever bust out and reach that full potential?

Believe it or not, Travis d’Arnaud was perceived to be the best prospect dealt to the New York Mets in the famous 2012 trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. Noah Syndergaard was also dealt in that deal, and while he hasn’t played nearly as long as d’Arnaud in the majors, the 24-year-old has proved to be one of the league’s best starters.

On the other hand, d’Arnuad, who was 23 at the time of the trade, has been nothing short of a let down for the Mets. The catcher was the 11th best prospect in the entire league at the time of the trade and his stats proved that at the time. In just 67 games with Triple-A Las Vegas, Toronto’s affiliate at the time, d’Arnaud hit .333, scored 45 runs, hit 16 homers and had 52 RBIs.

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Through four injury-plagued seasons with the Mets, d’Arnaud has played in more than 75 games just once. Going into this season, d’Arnaud had only played 250 games the last three years. Despite his inability to stay healthy, the catcher still hasn’t performed nearly as well on offense as he was supposed to.

When he was acquired by the Metropolitans, many believed that d’Arnaud was going to be an All-Star catcher at the MLB level.

In 2015, d’Arnaud hit just under .270 and hit 12 homers in 67 games. Many thought that he was going to finally breakout last season, but his health continued to get the best of him. Playing in 75 games last season, d’Arnaud hit a troubling .247 and only recorded four homers.

Last season, the Mets tried to trade d’Arnaud to the Milwaukee Brewers, and it isn’t hard to see why.

d’Arnaud has played in just 45 games this season and as of now, has put any hope of a bounce-back campaign to rest for the 28-year-old.

33-year-old Rene Rivera has played 36 games for the Mets this season, showing just how little faith Terry Collins and the club has in d’Arnaud.

d’Arnaud is hitting a combined 1-9 in New York’s back-to-back wins over the San Francisco Giants and needs to pick things up soon if he is going to continue starting for the Mets.

While d’Arnaud is on pace to hit the most home runs of his career, the catcher is hitting just .218 through 142 at-bats, and is certainly contributing to what has been a shaky season for New York’s offense.

The once prized catcher has shown flashes of dominance on both ends throughout his career, but can’t seem to put things together when he is healthy.

Hopefully, d’Arnaud will turn things around, immediately. The backstop may just be able to play the majority of the season healthy, but needs to start taking advantage of that.

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Zachary Weisleder is a New York Mets Beat Writer for Elite Sports NY. Born and raised in Toronto, Zach is a diehard fan of his local Blue Jays, Raptors, and Maple Leafs. In addition to writing for ESNY, Zach is a passionate supporter of Syracuse athletics and exemplifies his allegiance through contributing for Fansided’s Inside the Loud House and The Armchair All-Americans.