New York Mets Player Evaluations: Pitcher Paul Sewald

Daniel Marcillo
Feb 28, 2018; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (51) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Sewald‘s 2020 season was marked with the inconsistency that made him a frequent member of the shuttle between AAA and the New York Mets. Sewald ran into plenty of struggles and hard contact which forced the Mets to non-tender his contract to make him a free agent.

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Sewald started the season on the big league roster but did not last a whole month with the Mets. Sewald allowed runs in three of his five outings, none of them in high leverage spots. His worst and final outing in a Mets uniform came during a blowout loss to the Washington Nationals. Sewald only recorded two outs and allowed six runs on six hits with two walks.

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He was always one of the nicer players in the Mets clubhouse but never found consistency at the big league level. Sewald finished the season with a 13.50 ERA in the five outings he made. Hitters teed off on his fastball to hit .529 and they hit .414 against him overall. Sewald is still a free agent and will likely latch on to spring training invites when March comes around.

2020 Grades On 20-80 Scale (2021 Projection)

4-Seam Fastball: 20 (20), Hard to find success without a reliable fastball

Slider: 30 (35), Struggled with the slider over the last two seasons after having a 33.6% whiff rate his rookie year.

Changeup: 40 (40), Only threw nine all season. Might learn to throw it more than his slider in the future.

Command: 25 (30), Struggled with walks for the first time in his career, four in six innings.

Overall: 20 (25), 5.50 Career ERA