New York Mets 40-Man Roster Overview: Hansel Robles
Hansel Robles, the 27-year old reliever, is one of the more interesting pitchers the New York Mets have on their roster. His struggles with consistency and the long ball has not put his Mets future in question as he continues to struggle.
Robles Road to the Big Leagues
Robles was originally signed as an international free agent in August 2008 out of the Dominican Republic. He spent 2009 and 2010 with the Dominican League Mets where he had a 2.91 and 3.09 ERA as a starter. He spent the next year with the Kingsport reliever and pitched 37 innings as a reliever and had a 2.68 ERA.
Robles returned to being a starter in 2012 with the Brooklyn Cyclones. He has his best year in the minors going 6-1 with a 1.11 ERA and only walked 10 batters in 72.2 innings. His strong year earned him a New York-Penn League All-Star selection. Next year was not as strong as the year before, but was still good. He had a 3.78 ERA in a year he spent mostly with the St. Lucie Mets.
Robles Finally Makes it to the Show
Robles arrived to the Binghamton Mets in 2014 and split time as a starter and reliever. His ERA rose to 4.31 but pitched a career high 110.2 innings. After pitching 7.2 innings out of the bullpen with the Las Vegas 51s he earned the call-up to the New York Mets. His rookie season was a successful one going 4-3 with a 3.67 ERA and 61 strikeouts.
2016 was his first full season in the big leagues and he was very solid out of the Mets bullpen. In 77.2 innings pitched he struck out 85 batters with a 3.48 ERA. The team had high hopes for him in 2017 but he struggled to a point where the Mets optioned him back to Las Vegas. After two months in the minors he made his return in mid-July. He came back better than ever but completely imploded in the September. Overall he finished the season with a 4.92 ERA in 46 games.
His struggles have carried over into Spring Training by allowing 13 runs in 11.2 innings. He has also given up an alarming five home runs. He has been scored upon in four out of his eight outings this spring. Robles will have a tight leash on him this season if he does end up making the team this season and there is no guarantee of that happening.