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Travis Emmanuel d'Arnaud

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Catcher Travis d'Arnaud is the brother of Chase d'Arnaud. He was one of the players obtained by the Toronto Blue Jays, along with Kyle Drabek and Michael Taylor, in the trade of Roy Halladay to the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2010 season. He had been a supplemental first round pick by the Phillies in the 2007 amateur draft (37th overall) out of Lakewood (CA) High School in Lakewood, CA.

D'Arnaud was signed by scout Tim Kissner and made his professional debut with the GCL Phillies in 2007, hitting. 241 in 41 games. In 2008, he hit .309 in 48 games for the Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League, earning a promotion to the Lakewood Blue Claws of the South Atlantic League, where he hit .297 in 16 games. He showed good power, with 18 doubles and 6 homers between the two stops. He was back at Lakewood in 2009, playing 126 games during which he hit .255/.319/.419 with 38 doubles and 13 homers. He made his first appearance on Baseball America's top 100 prospect list after that season, at #81. That's when the Blue Jays made his acquisition and sent him to the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League in 2010. His season was cut short by an injury, and he managed only 7 games, hitting .259, but with 20 doubles. In spite of the shortened season, he climbed significantly up the prospect list, ending at #36.

Travis d'Arnaud, playing for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, was honored with the Eastern League's Most Valuable Player Award in 2011. He had a breakout year at the plate that season, hitting .313 in 109 games with 32 doubles and 19 homers, scoring 70 runs and driving in 71. In 2012, he hit .333 in 67 games for the AAA Las Vegas 51s, with 21 doubles, 16 homers and 52 RBI when his season ended prematurely because of an injury which prevented him from making his major league debut that year. On December 17th, he was the key player acquired by the New York Mets when they dealt Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey and their two main catchers, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas, to the Blue Jays. D'Arnaud was seen as the Mets' catcher of the future, with veteran John Buck also headed to New York in the deal, along with two pitching prospects, Wuilmer Becerra and Noah Syndergaard. D'Arnaud began the 2013 season at Triple-A Las Vegas, which was by now the Mets' top minor league affiliate, but with the understanding that the Mets intend to call him up around mid-season, or sooner, to take over for Buck who was the starting catcher in New York when the season opened. However, he suffered a setback in mid-April when he fractured a bone in his left foot, the result of a foul ball.

D'Arnaud's brother Chase was caught stealing just three times while in the South Atlantic League in 2009, but two of these were by Travis in May.

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