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Travis d’Arnaud looking to establish himself as Mets primary catcher in 2018

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Travis d’Arnaud enters the 2018 season with something to prove.

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With spring training under way, there are many questions surrounding the Mets, one of which what level of production the team will get from the catcher position. Despite some calling for the Mets to acquire a new catcher over the offseason, the team has shown that it’s confident in Travis d’Arnaud, who is entering his sixth major league season.

Last season, the 29 year-old posted career high numbers with 112 games played, 16 home runs, and 57 RBIs. Overall, though, he hit just .244/.293/.433 with a 91 wRC+. And one part of his defensive game regressed slightly when compared to his 2016 campagin. d’Arnaud threw out 17% of baserunners attempting to steal bases, down from his 22% rate in 2016.

This year, d’Arnaud is set to make $3.475 million, and including the 2018 season, the Mets have two years of team control remaining before he hits free agency. This season will be a pivotal one for d’Arnaud, as he is hoping to prove that he can stay healthy and be a reliable option both behind the plate as well as in the lineup.

PECOTA projects a .250/.315/.418 line with 16 home runs and 59 RBIs in 487 plate appearances for d’Arnaud this year. Steamer projects a .252/.313/.431 line in just 331 plate appearances.