Lakewood High in Southern California will be represented in the World Series for the third consecutive year.
And New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud is hoping to bring home a ring this fall like his fellow Lakewood alums have done in the last two postseasons. He joins Mike Carp of the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and Matt Duffy of the San Francisco Giants in 2014.
D’Arnaud has been a big piece of the Mets’ success in the postseason, including three home runs in nine games thus far and a blast that hit the Apple in center field at Citi Field. He had a home run Wednesday night in the Mets’ clinching victory against the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series.
D’Arnaud’s road from Lakewood to the postseason has been filled with injuries and transactions. A first-round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007, he was traded in 2010 to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of a mega-deal for Roy Halladay and then traded to the Mets in 2010 as part of a seven-player deal that sent Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays.
He made his big-league debut in August 2013 and was in the majors for most of 2014, hitting .242 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI in 108 games.
This season, he hit .268 with 12 home runs and RBI but was limited to 67 games because of a fractured hand and then a sprained elbow. He missed nearly two months from mid-April to mid-June and then played in only one game in July, but since returning he hit .256 in August and .267 in September and early October to close the regular season.
Carp, an outfielder/first baseman, was drafted by the New York Mets in the ninth round of the 2004 draft and won the Sterling Award as the Mets’ minor league player of the year in 2006 with the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League.
He made his big-league debut in 2009 and has been with a number of other organization since, including the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers.
In the World Series season of 2013 with the Red Sox, Carp hit .296 with nine home runs and 43 RBI in 86 games. He was 0-for-8 in the postseason.
Duffy, an infielder for San Francisco Giants, went from Lakewood to the Long Beach State and was drafted in the 18th round. He made his debut in August 2014 and then went 1-for-6 in the 2014 postseason with two runs scored. His one hit came in the World Series victory against the Kansas City Royals.
In 2015, in his first full season in the majors, Duffy hit .295 with 12 home runs, 77 runs batted in and 12 stolen bases.