Since being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas a week ago, in part to clear his head and in part to get his stroke back, Travis d’Arnaud has been tearing the cover off the ball.
In seven games for Las Vegas, d’Arnaud is hitting .414 with five home runs and 10 RBI.
Some of what d’Arnaud has done has to be the PCL effect, but he’s also been ripping long fly balls and line drives – something he basically stopped doing during the last month or so he spent with the Mets.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, d’Arnaud is likely to return to the Mets sometime in the next three to 10 days.
Bringing d’Arnaud back relatively quickly is the right move.
With no other catcher at the big league level with any upside at all – let alone the upside d’Arnaud has – it makes little sense for him to remain in Triple-A for much longer than he already has.
While d’Arnaud had struggled with the Mets, the sample he’s put up is still relatively miniscule – just 227 at-bats.
In d’Arnaud, the Mets have a catcher who has hit at every level. This is a player the club hoped would become a mainstay behind the plate for the next decade, and there’s still a solid chance he will.