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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Top 10 Opposing Players for 2011 - No. 9: Travis d'Arnaud

Every Thursday, Minor Matters will unveil its Top 10 opposing players for the 2011 season. Yes, the Thunder are clearly the most interesting topic on this blog, but wouldn't be nice to hear about the next Matt Wieters, Carlos Santana or Stephen Strasburg to come through the Eastern League. Yeah, I thought so too.

Bio: d'Arnaud, a former Phillies farmhand, is a catcher who was acquired by Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade. His brother, Chase, is a middle infielder in the Pirates' system, and was the MVP of the 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game.

2010: Dealing with an injured back for part of the year, d'Arnaud put together a .259/.315/.726 line with six homers and 38 RBIs and High-A Dunedin in 2010. He caught 30 percent of opposing basestealers, and permitted just two passed balls in 58 games.

What People Are Saying:

"Tons of doubles, some of which will likely turn into home runs, good defense, good receiving skills overall, and would have likely been the Phillies starting catcher in 3 years. The Blue Jays apparently really wanted him in the 2007 draft, but the Phillies picked him one spot ahead of Toronto. Looks like they got their man now." -- Phuture Phillies, 2009

"Showed promising power in batting .255 with 13 homers and 71 RBI, as well as 38 doubles for Single-A Lakewood this year, though he needs some work behind the plate after catching just 40 of 172 base-stealers while committing nine passed balls." -- New York Daily News

"As a hitter, he has a good idea of the strike zone with good bat control; he wraps his bat very slightly but gets to the ball quickly with good rotation for average to above-average future power. He's a few years off but has promise as an offensive catcher with good defensive skills, a more complete player than the Jays' other main catching prospect, J.P. Arencibia." -- Keith Law, ESPN

When You Can See Him: d'Arnaud may return to Dunedin to begin the year, but will probably move up to Double-A for part of 2011. The Fisher Cats come in to Waterfront Park from April 29-May 1, June 3-5, June 27-29 and August 29-Sept. 1.

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