Mets Minors: Whalen, Flexen and Gsellman Deliver Strong Performances

An article by posted on August 26, 2013

DARIN GORSKI: Is he officially a reliever now?

What a great week for Mets pitching prospects…

We’ll begin with Binghamton Mets lefthander Darin Gorski, who has been named the Eastern League pitcher of the week for the week ending August 25th. Gorski tossed 14.2 innings in two starts and allowing three runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out ten. Overall, Gorski is 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA in 12 starts for Double-A Binghamton who clinched their first playoff berth in nine years. on Friday.

Several other Mets pitching prospects delivered strong performances last week including the following notables:

Robert Gsellman struck out a career-high 13 batters over 8.0 shutout innings as Brooklyn defeated the Vermont Lake Monsters 2-0 on Saturday night. Gsellman’s 13 Ks are tied for the third most in franchise history and are the most by a Brooklyn hurler since Brad Holt tied the franchise mark with 14 strikeouts on July 24, 2008.

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The Kingsport Mets got a pair of dominating performances beginning with Chris Flexen who tossed a complete game nine-inning shutout. The 19-year old righty allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out 11 batters. Overall, Flexen is among the top pitchers in the league ranking fourth in ERA (2.14), fourth in strikeouts (56) and third with a 0.95 WHIP.

Last, but certainly not least is Robert Whalen, who fired seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits, walking none and striking out five batters. Whalen, 19, has a 1.49 ERA which ranks second in the league, and is quickly emerging as one of the top pitching prospects in the Mets system. In eleven starts he has held the opposition in the Appalachian League to a .176 batting average. The promising righthander has struck out 69 while walking 16 in 66.1 innings pitched.

There’s a lot to be excited about regarding the mounting pitching depth in the Mets system. While most of you already know about Gorski, Montero and Syndergaard, here are three more name you should have on your radar.

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