The New York Mets selected hard throwing right-handed pitcher Tyler Bashlor in the 11th round of the 2013 draft from South Georgia College in Douglas, Georgia.
Bashlor was given a $550,000 thousand signing bonus ($450K over slot and 4th highest in draft) to keep him away from his college commitment. He was then sent to the Kingsports Mets in the Appalachian League to make his professional debut.
The 23-year old struggled in his debut season with a 5.74 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 15.2 innings over 13 games.
Bashlor would have Tommy John surgery in May of 2014 and would not throw another pitch in a professional game until April 8, 2016. On that day, he would throw two scoreless innings with five strikeouts for the Columbia Fireflies of the South Atlantic League. Bashlor battled back into action after having his return delayed multiple times by discomfort after TJS.
I would say it was quite a return for a guy that had yet to pitch in full season ball and hadn’t pitched competitively in over two years. In 50.1 innings for Columbia he pitched to a 2.50, 1.24 WHIP, held opponents to a .193 average and struck out 68 batters. He was throwing well enough to get a late season promotion to the St. Lucie Mets during their playoff push.
The 2017 season has been another huge step forward for Bashlor who closed out the season with 14.2 innings in a Binghamton Rumble Ponies uniform after a late season promotion. In his first 14.2 Double-A innings he struck out 23, walked four and allowed only seven hits.
Overall in 2017, Bashlor had a 3.44 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 84 strikeouts compared to 25 walks while holding opponents to a .220 average in 49.2 innings.
Bashlor’s 15.22 strikeouts per nine innings led the entire minor leagues for pitchers that threw at least 40 innings this year. The key issue remaining with Bashlor is control, he still walked 4.53 per nine overall but that includes only 2.45 BB/9 in Bingo.
Bashlor features a high-octane fastball that sits 94-97 and can touch 99. It’s a heavy fastball too, he’s allowed only four home runs in 121 pro innings. His best secondary pitch is a slurve that comes in the low 80’s that has good break to it and has been a strong weapon over the last two seasons for him.
Mets Minors News and Notes
The Mets Instructional League began today and you can see the roster I was able to scoop up here (despite the Mets being super secretive about this type of stuff recently). Curious to see Jhoan Urena list in the outfield, where he has gotten some exposure this year, though he’s played mostly first/third base in his career.
Peter Alonso is among the players at Mets instructs as he looks to improve on his defense which was his biggest weak spot in a great year otherwise.
Right-handed reliever Adonis Uceta was taken in the Dominican Winter League draft last week but is not expected to pitch this offseason. He had a breakout season after moving to the bullpen and will likely be added to the Mets 40-man roster this offseason to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
The Arizona Fall League begins on October 10 this season with eight Mets prospect playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
We have been doing our minor league season recaps over at Mets Minors which you can start reading here.