Travis d'Arnaud Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 210 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 2/10/1989 (32)
Travis d'Arnaud Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Travis d'Arnaud News
Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud (thumb) has made big strides in his rehab lately and will accompany the team on the road to do some hitting and other early work before games. It sounds like d'Arnaud is getting close to starting a minor league rehab assignment. The 32-year-old backstop is recovering from a torn ligament in his left thumb and has been out since early May, but he could be ready to return early next month. Atlanta signed Stephen Vogt recently, and he has been sharing catching duties with Kevan Smith. d'Arnaud should at least see part-time playing time when he's back healthy, and he can provide a little pop at a weak position in two-catcher leagues. He's hitting just .220 with two homers in 87 plate appearances this year, but d'Arnaud managed to hit .321 with nine round-trippers in 44 games in 2020 for Atlanta.
Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud (thumb), who is on the 60-day injured list with torn ligaments in his left thumb, continues to throw, hit with one hand and do conditioning exercises. However, until he regains more strength in his surgically repaired hand, the Braves aren't setting a start date for his rehab assignment. If he doesn't suffer any setbacks once he starts his rehab assignment, d'Arnaud should be an option to return to the Braves at some point in August. Before his injury, the 32-year-old veteran backstop was hitting just .220/.253/.341 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 82 at-bats, but he could once again become an option in two-catcher leagues later in the second half. Kevan Smith and William Contreras have been sharing the catching duties in Atlanta with d'Arnaud out.
Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud (thumb) is expected to return sometime by August, according to GM Alex Anthopoulos. In early May, d'Arnaud had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. He'll obviously still need to play in some rehab games and get back into his groove before returning to the roster. There is still a long way to go, but this is positive news. He wasn't doing much with the bat before landing on the injured list. Fantasy managers without an IL spot on their roster should look for someone who can actually produce right now.
After his tenure as a Met was cut short, it was good to see d'Arnaud bounce back for the remainder of the 2019 season and land himself a nice contract with the Braves. The Braves definitely weren't expecting the type of hitter they ended up getting from him in 2020, but they aren't complaining. Everything just went right at the plate for d'Arnaud last season. After a career that was pretty much average at the plate, d'Arnaud out of nowhere posted a 145 wRC+, with the Statcast stats to back it up. He was fourth overall in average exit velocity, second in hard-hit rate, and had a top-30 xwOBA. He was fantastic, but here is where we pump the brakes a bit. It was just 184 plate appearances in 44 games and should no way be considered the expectation for him going forward. However, expectations are raised due to a performance like that. d'Arnaud is a hitter that hits a lot of line-drives and his barrel rate has trended up each year since 2016 (excluding an injury-lost 2018). These are things that would suggest he can still be one of the better offensive catchers in the game. He should get everyday playing time in the middle of the order for the Braves, and continue to be well regarded among the league's catchers. He's currently being drafted as the six catcher off the board, and that should be a good spot to place him.