The New York Mets made a move to shore up their tired bullpen today, announcing that they are calling up right-hander Gerson Bautista from Double-A Binghamton and optioning reliever Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Bautista, 22, who reaches triple-digits with his fastball regularly, was considered the centerpiece of the Addison Reed deal with the Red Sox at the trade deadline last season.
In five innings this year for Binghamton, Bautista has allowed zero runs and just two hits, striking out 11 and walking none.
After generally owning a strikeout-to-walk ratio in the neighborhood of 2.00 (2014 & 2015, 1.52; 2016, 2.77), and staying there for the first half of 2017 (1.89 for High-A Salem), Bautista improved that number to 6.67 for High-A St. Lucie last season after being traded.
In four-plus seasons in MiLB (213 innings), Bautista has racked up 8.15 strikeouts per nine innings and only 0.30 home runs per nine.
In order to make room for a fresh arm in Bautista, the Mets optioned right-hander Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas. In eight innings this season, Robles, 27, has an earned-run average of 3.38, a 1.13 WHIP, and a 2.61 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Sending Robles down to make room for Bautista didn’t come as much of a surprise since Robles still has minor-league options left.