Corey Oswalt, RHP
Player Data: Age: 25, B/T: R/R
Primary Stats: 17 G, 64.2 IP, 5.85 ERA; 1.376 WHIP, 1.9 HR/9, 2.8 BB/9, 6.3 SO/
Advanced Stats: -0.6 bWAR, -0.3 fWAR, 63 ERA+, 5.70 FIP/4.85 xFIP
Free Agency: 2025
2019 Salary: Pre-Arb
Despite having an ERA close to six, Corey Oswalt shouldn’t be fully judged based on his 2018 campaign. After all, he only appeared in 17 games. For most of his year he did struggle, particularly in August and September when he bounced between rotation and the bullpen. With that being said, 2018 was not all bad for the right-hander.
Oswalt made his debut in April, when the Mets were low on pitching depth. He came in relief for Steven Matz during a 9-1 drubbing against the Cardinals and pitched a respectable 4.2 innings and only allowed two runs on a night when the Mets needed length from their bullpen. After that game he was sent back to the minors. His next appearance was a start in June where he struggled, allowing six earned runs in 2.2 innings.
Oswalt’s best month of the season came in July, when he made four starts and pitched to a 3.60 ERA and a WHIP of 0.85. During July, he also had a start against the Phillies where he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before surrendering a three-run double to opposing pitcher Aaron Nola.
In August, Oswalt’s struggles returned. In six appearances, with three out of the bullpen, his ERA for the month was 6.35 in 22.2 innings. His opponent’s BAA was .313 compared to .162 in July. His struggles continued through September.
Oswalt also fared better as a starter in 2018. His relief numbers were not pretty: a 12.54 ERA in 9.1 innings.
It is difficult to predict what kind of role Oswalt will play next season. If the Mets stand pat in free agency, there are jobs to be won in the bullpen, and possibly in the rotation. The problem with that is his performance as a reliever was not ideal. Oswalt will likely not make the team out of spring training barring injuries.
Where things could get interesting for Oswalt is if the Mets decide to trade Noah Syndergaard. If that does happen and the Mets neglect to acquire another starter to replace him, Oswalt is probably the best internal option to fill that spot.
Assuming there is no Syndergaard trade, something that is currently up in the air, Oswalt will likely be a guy used to make a spot start or replace an injured starter.