With the news of Byrdak going down the door has opened for Josh Edgin to show his stuff. Edgin, 25, excelled for Triple-A Buffalo and as a result pitched his way onto the Major League roster as our second lefty. Now with Byrdak out he becomes the number one guy and has a chance to earn that spot for next season.
Byrdak will be a free agent come years end and if the Mets decide to let him walk, or if he decides to retire, we will need to fill that spot. Edgin dominated down in the minors before his promotion allowing just 39 hits and striking out 45 batters in 43 innings.
Since he got the call he has not disappointed. He is a hard thrower for a left hander, which is something we have not had in recent years. Josh has high strikeout potential as he has totaled 19 punch outs in his 12 innings of work.
He has a quality slider which is tough against lefties, to go along with his 95 MPH heater. He may have the ability to be a good cross over guy as well because of his velocity. His numbers in the minors support this as a possibility as he totaled 33 saves over three seasons, 27 of which came while pitching in A-ball for both Savannah and St. Lucie in 2011.
Edgin has the potential to be more than just a lefty specialist. If he keeps pitching like this he could thrust himself into the mix as a possible setup guy. Lefty specialists face a lot of tough in-game situations, so this kids metal will be tested over the final two months of the season. Lets see what he can do.