This continues my series where I attempt to predict the 2023 stats of each Braves player, moving on to Travis d’Arnaud, who might be the only All-Star to lose his job as a starter this offseason. If you missed any of the previous editions to this series, follow the links below.
- Sean Murphy
- Michael Harris II
- Marcell Ozuna
- Eddie Rosario
- Orlando Arcia
- Austin Riley
- Vaughn Grissom
- Ozzie Albies
- Matt Olson
- Ronald Acuña Jr.
Predicting Travis d’Arnaud’s 2023 Stats
Travis d’Arnaud had a career year last year, playing fantastic defense behind the plate and hitting .268 with 18 homers. He made the NL All-Star team as a reserve and is one of the best teammates any team could hope for; because of that, the Braves felt comfortable making a blockbuster trade for Sean Murphy this offseason.
As fantastic as d’Arnaud has been in Atlanta, Murphy is the better player, especially defensively. The newest member of the Braves will get a bulk of the starts behind the plate. However, I do think we see d’Arnaud in about the same number of games as last year. He will probably catch 50-60 games, but when he’s not catching, he likely will be a DH against left-handed pitchers. d’Arnaud crushed southpaws last year to the tune of a .346 average and .946 OPS. So while his overall WAR may be down according to FanGraphs because he isn’t catching most nights, I expect his offensive numbers to look very similar, perhaps even slightly better.
Travis d’Arnaud’s 2023 Stats: .270/.325/.470, .795 OPS, 19 homers, 57 RBIs, 2.5 fWAR
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