JT. Teran, Editor
I’m picking Travis d’Arnaud for the simple reason that I hope he proves me wrong.
The Mets starting catcher has gotten off to a hot start in Spring Training, and everyone is all excited about him finally reaching his potential in a Mets uniform — myself included. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this movie before, so I can’t fully get on board with him being around and performing at a high level just yet. I need to see him actually play more.
It’s easy to forget that d’Arnaud’s biggest issue hasn’t been performance. He had an off-year last season, so naturally a lot of people wanted to talk about that. But when you really get down to it, d’Arnaud’s biggest troubles have been health-related.
In the last two seasons, d’Arnaud has played a total of 142 games. He simply hasn’t been able to stay on the field, so I fully expect him to also go down again this year, and because he’s started Spring Training well, I’m guessing he’ll go on the disabled list early too.
Like I said earlier, I sincerely hope he proves me wrong. This could be the year that his body doesn’t let him down. I doubt, but maybe it can happen.