After stepping up a level following a career season, Travis d'Arnaud could have cooled off. But he hasn't slowed down a bit.
The Blue Jays' top prospect went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored Wednesday, leading the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s to a 7-4 triumph over the Tucson Padres.
The three-hit performance was d'Arnaud's third in four games. He's batting .444 (20-for-45) with five homers and 15 RBIs in his last 10 contests.
The 23-year-old catcher began another productive night with a leadoff single in the second and scored two batters later on a double by Yan Gomes. After doubling in the third, he came through with another two-base hit in the fifth to plate Adam Lind.
Drafted 37th overall by the Phillies in 2007, d'Arnaud was a central piece in the 2009 trade that sent Roy Halladay from Toronto to Philadelphia. Although he was known primarily as a defensive backstop at the start of his career, he broke out at the plate last season and was named Eastern League MVP after hitting .311 with 21 homers and 78 RBIs at Double-A New Hampshire.
This year, d'Arnaud hasn't had to adjust much to a higher level of competition. He's batting .328 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs and ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League with a .603 slugging percentage.
The California native has been particularly hot in May, posting a .365 average with 10 homers and 23 RBIs in 24 games.
Eric Thames was 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored in his Triple-A season debut, while Lind collected two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Las Vegas.
Andrew Carpenter (3-0) earned the win after recording a season-high nine strikeouts and allowing two runs on six hits over five innings.