#3. Travis E. d'Arnaud
Birthplace: Long Beach, CA
Height: 6' 2"
Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
LAS PCL .333 67 279 45 93 21 2 16 52 166 19 59 1 1 .380 .595 .975
Minors .333 67 279 45 93 21 2 16 52 166 19 59 1 1 .380 .595 .975
D'Arnaud has the tools to become a big league all-star if he can stay healthy. He's a rare catcher with the potential to be an above-average hitter with plus power. He doesn't walk much but makes consistent hard contact, getting hits even when his timing is off or he gets off balance. He has the bat speed and strength to hit plenty of homers and lets his power come naturally, employing a short stroke and all-fields approach. Though he has played in extremely hitter-friendly home ballparks the last two years, his pop is legitimate, as 18 of his 37 homers have come on the road. D'Arnaud made good strides with his defense in 2011 by working with then-New Hampshire manager Sal Butera, who caught in the majors for nine seasons. Those improvements carried over to 2012, when d'Arnaud threw out a career-high 30 percent of basestealers. He has average to plus arm strength and has refined his footwork and throwing accuracy. He's a solid receiver who moves well behind the plate, and he's a good leader who works well with his pitching staffs. As is the case with most catchers, he's a below-average runner but isn't a liability on the bases.