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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: TRAVIS D'ARNAUD CATCHER NEW YORK METS


We once again go back to the sleeper well as we continue with our never-ending 2016 fantasy baseball preview.  Today we look at the always frustrating and shallow catching fraternity and take a look at New York Mets catcher Travis D’Arnaud who for the second season in a row makes the sleeper grade.  Let’s get right to our reasoning for such a declaration. 

By now the story has been told more than a few times when it comes to D’Arnaud and his outlook.  Having been traded for not one but TWO Cy Young Award winning pitchers, expectations have always been very high concerning D’Arnaud’s ability.  After all there has always been a lot ot be intrigued about here as D’Arnaud hits for above-average power and put for the some nice batting averages in the minors leagues.  Of course D’Arnaud struggled quite badly during his first foray into the majors like almost every other top catching prospect not named Buster Posey but it seemed the proverbial light bulb went on the second half of 2014 after D’Arnuad fought back from a demotion back to the minor leagues.  It was during D’Arnaud’s return with the Mets where he put both the batting average and power skills to work and that set the stage for his sleeper outlook for the 2015 season. 

As often happens though, things didn’t go according to plan and it was injuries this time that doomed D’Arnaud and not his hitting results.  And it has been injuries and constant DL stints that continue to undermine D’Arnaud more than anything and which robs him of continuity both as a pitch caller and with his offense.   Despite two more DL stints during the season however, D’Arnaud opened eyes again by cracking 12 home runs and collecting 41 RBI while batting .268 in just 239 at-bats.  If you add another 200 at-bats to that ledger, you would be seeing a 20-plus home run catcher which is gold in fantasy baseball parlance and that is the continuing allure when it comes to the outlook on D’Arnaud.  What also was a very good statistic that got overlooked was the fact that in 2015, D’Arnaud’s OPS was the second-highest in all of baseball behind Posey. 

So as we look ahead to the 2016 fantasy baseball season, Travis D’Arnaud once again is one of the most prime catchers in the game in terms of upside and overall hitting impact.  The draft price is decent here as well since D’Arnaud has burned more than a few owners along the way with his injuries and inconsistency but that just makes him so much more of a guy to go after this season. 

2016 PROJECTION:  .275 19 HR 74 RBI 63 R 1 SB 

 
 

 

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