According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, Blue Jays prospect Travis d’Arnaud tore ligaments in his thumb while serving as Team USA’s catcher at the 39th Baseball World Cup in Panama and has headed home to undergo a surgical procedure.
Acquired in a package for Roy Halladay back in December of 2009, d’Arnaud batted .311 with a .914 OPS, 33 doubles, 21 home runs and 78 RBI in 114 games this season at Double-A New Hampshire.
He carries serious major league upside and should make the climb to Triple-A Las Vegas at some point next year if his recovery from thumb surgery goes as smoothly as expected.
The experts at Baseball America ranked d’Arnaud as the game’s 36th most promising prospect last winter. The 22-year-old from Long Beach, California should be even higher on this offseason’s lists.