d'Arnaud Feeling Natural

Prior to the All-Star Break, Travis d'Arnaud could've been arguably one of the hottest minor league catchers around, batting .315 with 12 homers; he has staggering numbers for just a twenty-two year old catcher. Since the All-Star Break though, d'Arnaud might be able to make the claim that he's been the best hitting catcher in all of the minors.

d'Arnaud hasn't been doing anything different though. In fact, it's sticking to the same routine that has made him such a threat in the batter's box.

Hitting .352 with five homers in only 28 games, d'Arnaud has only gotten better and better since the break. Thanks to those totals, d'Arnaud has the third highest average in the entire Eastern League and is tied the team in home runs.

"Working on stuff, the same stuff, going out there every day and do the same stuff," said d'Arnaud. "Have the same approach and feel good going into the game every day."

It's easy to tell by his words, repetition is important to d'Arnaud. His consistency has also caught the attention of his hitting coach, Justin Mashore.

"I think he's finally got a consistent routine," said Mashore. "You know, he's finally started swinging at good pitches and obviously not everyone's going to have the same type of success as he is, but right now he's doing it."

According to Mashore, what d'Arnaud is doing right now is one of the hardest things to do in baseball, which could signal the attention of the Blue Jays.

"Just being consistent, doing the same thing every day," said Mashore. "I think that's the hardest thing in baseball to do. You always want to do a little more or change and that's always kind of been his issue and you know, he's not doing that. He's been real diligent in his work and it's paying off."

As Mashore noted, d'Arnaud has certainly learned from his past mistakes. Stopping himself from trying to new ways to swing the bat and staying with his highly effective stance and swing has turned him into an animal in the plate.

"Just as far as getting better at, not getting to far out of my box and doing what I'm supposed to be doing," said d'Arnaud of how the lone thing he's done to improve his approach in the box. "Instead of taking a day and trying to do something new.

"I know it's happened a few times since we last talked and before that it was almost every other day so, you know, so as long as I can do the same thing every single day and be ready for the game, because the game [is] the most important."

Now that d'Arnaud has practiced this swing, it's no longer repetition but the natural way he swings the bat. He's no longer battling himself but battling the pitcher.

"Everything just feels natural," said d'Arnaud. "I feel like I can look for pitches and if it's something I want I can put a good swing on it and just drive it.

Everything's good and now. I'm just thinking about the ball coming at me instead of thinking about a whole bunch of other stuff like my hands or the way I'm supposed to stand."


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nd'Arnaud hasn't been doing anything different though. In fact, it's sticking to the same routine that has made him such a threat in the batter's box.
\r\n
\r\nHitting .352 with five homers in only 28 games, d'Arnaud has only gotten better and better since the break. Thanks to those totals, d'Arnaud has the third highest average in the entire Eastern League and is tied the team in home runs.
\r\n
\r\n\"Working on stuff, the same stuff, going out there every day and do the same stuff,\" said d'Arnaud. \"Have the same approach and feel good going into the game every day.\"
\r\n
\r\nIt's easy to tell by his words, repetition is important to d'Arnaud. His consistency has also caught the attention of his hitting coach, Justin Mashore.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think he's finally got a consistent routine,\" said Mashore. \"You know, he's finally started swinging at good pitches and obviously not everyone's going to have the same type of success as he is, but right now he's doing it.\"
\r\n
\r\nAccording to Mashore, what d'Arnaud is doing right now is one of the hardest things to do in baseball, which could signal the attention of the Blue Jays.
\r\n
\r\n\"Just being consistent, doing the same thing every day,\" said Mashore. \"I think that's the hardest thing in baseball to do. You always want to do a little more or change and that's always kind of been his issue and you know, he's not doing that. He's been real diligent in his work and it's paying off.\"
\r\n
\r\nAs Mashore noted, d'Arnaud has certainly learned from his past mistakes. Stopping himself from trying to new ways to swing the bat and staying with his highly effective stance and swing has turned him into an animal in the plate.
\r\n
\r\n\"Just as far as getting better at, not getting to far out of my box and doing what I'm supposed to be doing,\" said d'Arnaud of how the lone thing he's done to improve his approach in the box. \"Instead of taking a day and trying to do something new.
\r\n
\r\n\"I know it's happened a few times since we last talked and before that it was almost every other day so, you know, so as long as I can do the same thing every single day and be ready for the game, because the game [is] the most important.\"
\r\n
\r\nNow that d'Arnaud has practiced this swing, it's no longer repetition but the natural way he swings the bat. He's no longer battling himself but battling the pitcher.
\r\n
\r\n\"Everything just feels natural,\" said d'Arnaud. \"I feel like I can look for pitches and if it's something I want I can put a good swing on it and just drive it.
\r\n
\r\nEverything's good and now. I'm just thinking about the ball coming at me instead of thinking about a whole bunch of other stuff like my hands or the way I'm supposed to stand.\"
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