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Travis d'Arnaud (Lakewood High School)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Travis d'Arnaud
School:Lakewood HS, Calif.
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:185 lbs.
Report Date(s):04/11/07
Game(s):El Toro HS

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:While d'Arnaud has shown the ability to handle the bat, he's been a little inconsistent. He doesn't always seem comfortable in the box and doesn't possess a truly natural stroke, but he swings hard and usually squares up for at least one at-bat per game.
Power:He's got some pop and has doubles power right now. He hit a homer in this game and profiles as 10-15 homer kind of hitter.
Running Speed:He's a catcher and runs like one.
Base Running:Like most Lakewood products, d'Arnaud is a well-schooled player and does all of the little things well. While he has below-average speed, he is a headsy base runner.
Arm Strength:He's got above-average arm strength. Scouts have seen d'Arnaud pick runners off of second who had taken a short lead.
Arm Accuracy:His throws are always right on the money. His arm is a real weapon behind the plate.
Fielding:He's a soft receiver with good hands.
Range:He shows live actions behind the plate and moves very well.
Baseball Instinct:As discussed above, d'Arnaud has above-average baseball instincts across the board.
Aggressiveness:In a matchup against Austin Romine, another standout high school catcher, d'Arnaud was ready to outshine his competitor and he came through with a two-run homer in the process.
Physical Description:Best described as wiry strong, d'Arnaud is the type who looks skinny from afar, but a closer look reveals plenty of strength in his hands and forearms. He's put on 10-15 pounds since last summer.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:His defensive package. He moves extremely well behind the plate and no one tries to run on his arm.
Weaknesses:Inconsistencies with his bat. He's shown glimpses of hitting ability, enough to bring scouts back regularly, but there are questions about how much he'll hit at the next level.
Summary:Teams are always looking for catching and d'Arnaud was moving up the charts some in his senior season. His defensive skills may be among the best in the draft class. Where he goes in the draft may depend on how much people think he'll hit. If he goes high enough, he'll turn down his commitment to Pepperdine, where his brother plays.