Tyler Bashlor Could Be Ready To Help Mets Bullpen

Right-handed pitching prospect Tyler Bashlor tossed two perfect innings and registered four strikeouts last night for Double-A Binghamton.

The strong performance added on to his solid season thus far, as the right-hander now has a 2.63 ERA with 30 strikeouts over 24.0 innings for the Rumble Ponies.

The next step for the 25-year-old could be helping the Mets bullpen.

New York has already had a shakeup of sorts among their relievers the last several days by promoting Drew Smith and Tim Peterson, demoting Paul Sewald and designating Hansel Robles for assignment.

Bashlor is an enticing name to be called up, and rightfully so.

The bullpen is weak for New York right now, he’s on the 40-man roster and he’s having a great year for Binghamton, after pitching 12 scoreless appearances for them last year.

Prior to the season, MetsMerized and Mets Minors ranked Bashlor as the No. 14 in the Mets system. Here’s what our Teddy Klein had to say about him then:

Bashlor has always been known as a flamethrower, touching 97 in college and working in the low-to-mid 90’s, but when he returned from Tommy John he was touching 98. For a while, his velocity had inconsistency, which would be understandable when shaking off the rust from TJS and being relatively new to pitching, but most recently had a consistent velocity of 95-97, according to Baseball Prospectus.

Even though on average, Gerson Bautista throws harder, Bashlor had the best fastball in the Mets system. In addition, he had a pitch that looked like a slider in college, but always maintained a slurvy motion throughout his time in the minors. That changed in his final few months of last season as he gained shape, and it turned into a hard curveball with plenty of bite. He had always been effectively wild, walking 30 in 51 innings as a starter in college, and that didn’t change until the final few months of last season. His over-the-shoulder throwing motion, with a high leg-kick provide nice sink and dip to his curveball.

In order to make space for him on the 25-man, it’s conceivable to think newly acquired reliever Chris Beck will be on a short leash.

Beck, 27, pitched a complete season with Chicago last year and registered a 6.40 ERA, 6.84 FIP and 1.655 WHIP in 57 games (64.2 innings pitched).

Prior to being claimed by the Mets this year, there was nothing for Beck to write home about. He had a 4.18 ERA in 14 appearances.

In three games already for New York, the results have been unsurprisingly mediocre. He has allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in just 4.1 innings pitched.

The promotion of Smith and Peterson was a good first step, but promoting someone like Bashlor could be a solid following move.

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