Keith Law of ESPN answered a couple of questions about the Mets new catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud during his weekly chat this week.
Q – Do you see Travis d’Arnaud continuing at catcher longterm, or do the Mets need to think of him in the outfield or first base (possibly trading or moving Ike Davis). If he can stay healthy and at catcher, the Dickey trade was a no-brainer for the Mets, but if not…
A – D’Arnaud is a catcher. He’s not Posey where the bat might play elsewhere and still make him a star.
Q – Do you agree that d’Arnaud is a “scouting” prospect, as some have recently suggested? I’ve seen his numbers from the hitter-friendly PCL, compared unfavorably to Gomes and Jeff Mathis.
A – You largely have to discard hitters’ park numbers (it’s not the PCL specifically, but certain parks, like Vegas and Albuquerque) for top position players and focus instead on performance at other levels and the scouting reports. The main problem is that non-prospects can rake there, but top p