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Travis d'Arnaud

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Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves
Travis d'Arnaud
Name: Travis E. d'Arnaud
Born: Feb 10, 1989 in Long Beach, Calif. USA
High School: Lakewood (Calif.) HS
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the supplemental 1st round (37th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007 (signed for $832,500)
In several ways, d'Arnaud resembles his older brother Chase, a two-year starter at third base for Pepperdine, and Travis has also committed to play for the Waves. Chances are he won't get to school, though, because he's a more athletic version of his brother with premium catch-and-throw skills behind the plate and a more advanced bat. While he's still a streak hitter, d'Arnaud has showed an improved ability to stay inside the ball and drive it to all fields. It's a quick, line-drive swing for the most part, but he has shown some loft power, with seven home runs, and he ranked among state leaders in RBIs. Defensively, he grades as above-average as both a receiver and thrower, with a plus arm, soft hands and quick feet. While he's athletic enough to play an infield spot, he's too good behind the plate--consistently getting his throws to second base in 1.9 seconds--to move.
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