Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fantasy Focus: 2016 Catcher Breakout- Travis D'Arnaud

Travis D'Arnaud, C.  B-R, T-R.  DOB:  2/10/1989.  6'2", 210 lbs.  Organization:  Mets.

2015:  .268/340/.485, 12 HR, 8.6 BB%, 18.3 K%, 268 PA.

I was high on D'Arnaud last year too, and he did put up terrific numbers for the Mets in 2015.  In fact, his SLG% was second only to Kyle Schwarber among catcher-eligible players with more than 250 PA's.  Buster Posey was 3'rd with .470.  The problem for D'Arnaud, which has been an issue for him in the past, was injuries so there is some risk here.  On the other hand, he appeared to be fully recovered and healthy for the postseason, so there do not seem to be any significant carry-over injury issues for 2016.   Posey and Schwarber are the two obvious top tier fantasy baseball players with catcher eligibility.  If you aren't able to draft either of them for whatever reason, you may want to target D'Arnaud, who I believe will be undervalued in most fantasy drafts.

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