D’Arnaud will be eligible This Wednesday to return to the Mets, as he will have spent the minimum 10 days in the minors since he's demotion.
However, he is likely to remain in the minors for at least another week or so, a team official said (ESPN, June 16).
"We like what we see, but it really is a bit quick to have that conversation," Mets assistant GM John Ricco said (Newsday, June 17). "We really haven't had any discussions."
I bet going from MLB's National League to Triple-A's Pacific Coast League is like going from Varsity to T-Ball, so I wouldn't read too much in to d'Arnau'd bump in production. Also, he isn't facing big-league, veteran pitching benefiting from quality advanced scouting. The kid can hit, don't get me wrong. He's got all the talent and potential to make it work. I just think it's unfair to assume 10 days later, he's ready to replicate his Triple-A stats in Queens...
Plus, this may be his last chance to get time to clear his head, away from New York. Unless the Mets call d'Arnaud back up by June 28, he'll be out of options next season, at which point he'll be 26 years old, while pushing the limits of his prospect status. This is his time for d'Arnaud to figure himself out. I trust he'll be back by July, probably around the same time Noah Syndergaard's name comes up for a promotion. At that point, he's going to have to become the player every one hopes he can be...