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1. Travis d’Arnaud (C)
On the morning of June 25th, things couldn’t have been going better for 23 year-old Travis d’Arnaud. He was tearing up Triple-A with 16 home runs and batting .333 while everyone was speculating when he was going to make his Major League debut. However, that evening, he tore his PCL and spent the rest of the year on the DL.
From all account, d’Arnaud has nothing left to prove in the minors and is ready to take on the big stage in Toronto. However, given his shorten 2012 season, he could very well start 2013 back in Triple-A (this time in the International League) before eventually being called up mid-season.
d’Arnaud is an elite prospect with a solid all-around game. He has very good bat speed to accompany a natural lofted swing and while his 16 home runs in 279 at-bats were PCL inflated, there is plus power in the bat. He swing is also compact, which is not always the case with right-handed hitters with power. In fact, his swing mechanics should allow him to hit for both power and batting average.
That said he has a very aggressive approach at the plate that will put pressure on his batting average. Unfortunately the 7% walk rate he posted in 2012 is pretty typical of what he has done throughout his minor league career. Unless he improves the approach, expect a .260 batting average.
The Blue Jays are clearly trying to compete in 2013 and d’Arnaud should be an upgrade both offensively and defensively over J.P. Arencibia . However, will the Blue Jays entrust their revamped pitching staff to a rookie? I’m not sure anybody knows that answer today but do not be surprised if d’Arnaud is moved slowly into the role.
Fantasy Impact: Travis d’Arnaud has a ceiling of an all-star catcher and should be drafted early in all Dynasty Leagues. However, the big question is should I draft him in a re-draft league for 2013? At the time of this writing (late November), I don’t know. However, my gut says that while d’Arnaud has an all-star ceiling, you will not see that level of play in 2013 or 2014. Remember, catching is the most demanding position on the field and immediate success usually does not occur.
2. Aaron Sanchez (RHP)
3. Noah Syndergaard (RHP)
4. D.J. Davis (OF)
5. Roberto Osuna (RHP)
6. Marcus Stroman (RHP)
7. Matt Smoral (LHP)
8. John Stilson (RHP)
9. Santiago Nessy (C)
10. Daniel Norris (RHP)