Now that there are 37 players in the New York Mets dugout, we look to identify the one who’ll step up the most.
With the New York Mets Triple-A team, the Las Vegas 51s, done with their season and the big league rosters expanding to a maximum of 40 players for the month of September, Sandy Alderson called up 12 players from Triple-A to provide a much-needed bench boost for Terry Collins. Almost all of these players who have gotten called up to the Mets the past few days do have some big league experience.
Almost all of these players who have gotten called up to the Mets the past few days do have some big league experience.
There are familiar faces that have rejoined the big league team the past few days such as outfielders Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo and infielders T.J. Rivera and Matt Reynolds, and more. However, there is one player that got called up today that has never set foot on a big league baseball field but it could be the call-up the Mets are most excited about. That player is Mets 2012 first round draft pick, shortstop,
However, there is one player that got called up today that has never set foot on a big league baseball field but it could be the call-up the Mets are most excited about. That player is Mets 2012 first round draft pick, shortstop Gavin Cecchini.
Even though Cecchini is the lone September call-up who has zero big league experience, he could make a significant impact for the Mets. He’s enjoyed a great season in Triple-A Las Vegas and with second baseman Neil Walker out for the season due to back surgery, it could open the door for Cecchini to get some playing time.
In 117 games in Triple-A this season, Cecchini hit .325 with eight home runs, 55 RBIs, and a .390 OBP. At age 22, Cecchini could be a key piece for the Mets these next few weeks and help push them into the postseason.
Another September call-up who could also be a significant piece to this team the next few weeks is another former first-round draft pick by the Mets. He was the Mets 2014 first round draft pick, outfielder Michael Conforto.
Even though Conforto has had a disappointing 2016 season, he’s a hitter who has the ability to heat up at any time and has experience playing meaningful September games at the professional level.
Conforto was just a rookie last season and was playing meaningful September games prior to struggling mightily at the big league level since the middle of May. But we have seen Conforto succeed at the big league level before, especially during this time of year and a strong finish to his season could completely turn around what has been so far a disappointing 2016 season for him.
So, don’t be surprised if Conforto starts to turn it on at the right time these final few weeks of regular season baseball.
One more September call-up who could make a positive impact on this team the next few weeks is left-handed relief pitcher Josh Edgin. It would be great for the Mets if they can get a second reliable left-handed pitcher out of the bullpen behind
It would be great for the Mets if they can get a second reliable left-handed pitcher out of the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins. Edgin could be that guy. We all know that Jerry Blevins has had a fantastic season as the Mets lefty specialist out of the bullpen, but it would mean so much for this team if they can have another left-hander who can come out of the bullpen who is as reliable as Blevins.
We all know thatJerry Blevins has had a fantastic season as the Mets lefty specialist out of the bullpen, but it would mean so much for this team if they can be equipped with another lefty just as reliable.
Edgin has had some previous success at the big league level with the Mets during the 2012-2014 seasons before missing all of 2015 due to Tommy John Surgery. Edgin has spent most of his time this year in Triple-A Las Vegas and pitched great down there before getting called back up to the big leagues just weeks ago. Even though Edgin has only appeared in five big league games so far this season and has posted an ERA of 9.82, we have seen the guy sustain some success at the big league level. Before getting injured during Spring Training of 2015, Edgin appeared in 47 games and posted an ERA of 1.32 in 2014, so he can be successful at the big league level. If Edgin can get some more chances and return to his 2014 form, that could be huge for the Mets to have a second reliable left-hander. Before getting injured during Spring Training of 2015, Edgin appeared in 47 games and posted an ERA of 1.32 in 2014.
These next few weeks are going be huge for the Mets. They only sit one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card spot with 23 regular season games remaining, and to have any of their most recent September call-ups come up in a big way could be huge for this club.