The New York Mets have acquired right-handed pitcher Brooks Pounders from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations.
The New York Mets have added a right-handed pitcher to the organization.
On Saturday, New York announced that they acquired RHP Brooks Pounders from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations. Pounders previously played in the minor league system for the Indians.
We have acquired RHP Brooks Pounders from Cleveland for cash considerations.
Additionally, we have designated Héctor Santiago for assignment, optioned Tim Peterson to Triple-A, returned Tyler Bashlor as the 26th man and recalled Chris Flexen to the major league roster. #Mets pic.twitter.com/NwJinsUQo2
— New York Mets (@Mets) June 15, 2019
The last time Pounders pitched in the majors was with the Colorado Rockies in 2018. He appeared in 14 games as a relief pitcher and posted a 7.63 ERA over 15.1 innings pitched. Pounders gave up 25 hits, 13 earned runs, three home runs and struck out 17 batters during those appearances.
Before his stint with the Rockies, Pounders pitched in 11 games for the Los Angeles Angels in 2017 and pitched in 13 games for the Kansas City Royals in 2016. He posted an ERA of 10.45 and 9.24 for the Angels and Royals, respectively. Pounders has a career record of 3-2 in the majors.
Most recently, Pounders pitched for Triple-A Columbus, where he succeeded on the mound for the most part. In 24 appearances, Pounders achieved a 2-1 record with a 2.31 ERA through 35 innings. He also struck out 46 batters, walked 11 and had opposing hitters batting only .161 against him.
Pounders is now expected to come in and add depth to the Mets’ organization at the relief pitcher spot. If he improves and impresses, Pounders could be brought up to the majors sooner rather than later. The Mets’ bullpen is one of the more struggling aspects of the team this year and is a big reason they’re in the middle of the pack when it comes to the NL East division.
The Mets’ bullpen is currently ranked 25th in the MLB in ERA. They’re currently posting a 5.23 ERA through 225.1 innings pitched thus far through the 2019 season, having given up 131 earned runs. The bullpen has struck out 232 batters along with walking 106 as well.