And what of Travis d’Arnaud, long ranked as the top catching prospect in baseball. Is he the next Buster Posey? Joe Mauer? Or is he more of a Russell Martin type? Or is he something more ominous altogether
A .116 batting average is bad, and it only intensifies our fears when it reads as such at the start of the season. And this is all before considering the oh-god-what-have-we-done level of existential terror as the average comes on the heels of the biggest contract the Mets have shelled out for a free-agent position player in some time.
We can’t do much with spring training scores and stats, which makes March a painful baseball purgatory where the qualitative trumps the quantitative and, yep, we might just have to put number-crunching on hold for the good old fashioned eye test. With a shade under two weeks until Opening Day, here’s mine regarding some of the Mets most hotly debated topics.
Jordan Rabinowitz makes his Gotham Baseball debut with a look at two of the Mets best pitching prospects, and why the team should be reluctant to deal them this winter.