The New York Mets have announced that they have called up right-handed reliever Paul Sewald to give them an eight-man bullpen. To make room for Sewald on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated utility man Ty Kelly for assignment.
Sewald, 26, has been lights out in the minor league since the Mets drafted him in the 10th round of the 2012 draft from the University of San Diego. He has a career 2.19 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 66 saves and an incredible 5.17 SO/W ratio over 258.2 minor league innings.
Sewald struck out three in an inning for the 51s in their Opening Day loss on Thursday. He spent the entire 2016 with the 51s pitching to a 3.29 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and had 80 strikeouts in 65.2 innings.
He made a strong push to make the major league club this spring with a 2.51 ERA and and 0.84 WHIP, but was one of the late cuts.
Sewald gets hitters out with pinpoint control (2.1 BB/9), he hides the ball well from a three-quarter arm angle, has a tremendous slider (uses two, one more of slurve and the other similar movement to cutter) and features a sneaky fastball in the 88-92 MPH range.
He becomes the ninth player from the 2012 draft to be on a major league teams 40-man roster and the sixth currently on the Mets.
Kelly, 28, has now been designated for assignment twice this calendar year after previously clearing waivers in February. He’s a career .237/.347/.339 hitter at the major league level for the Mets including a strike out in his only at-bat of the 2017 season.
“If you walk a batter, you have a zero percent chance of getting them out. You’ve handed a hitter a free opportunity to get on base,” Sewald told our own John Bernhardt in an interview last month.