Ariel Jurado is the second to last New York Mets player evaluation of the 2020 season. It was another one of the boneheaded moves from Brodie Van Wagenen who trade pitching prospect Stephen Villines to bring in Jurado. He only made one start for the Mets since they were in desperate need of an arm.
Ariel Jurado on what went wrong for him tonight:
"I just wasn't able to really recognize the strike zone earlier on in the game how I wanted to" pic.twitter.com/3vseg72J0H
— SNY (@SNYtv) September 2, 2020
Jurado’s only appearance came in his September 1 start against the Baltimore Orioles. He struggled through four innings, allowing five runs on nine hits. Jurado is known for his sinker/slider combo which induces plenty of contact. He did not walk anyone in the start but it seemed like every ball was hit solidly.
The Mets ended up stashing him away at the alternate site for the rest of the season before non-tendering him last week. Much like the Billy Hamilton trade, Brodie Van Wagenen had no idea what he was doing when making this move.
2020 Grades On 20-80 Scale (2021 Projection)
Slider: 40 (40), Produced a 46.7% whiff rate.
Sinker: 20 (25)
4-Seam Fastball: 20 (25)
Changeup: 40 (40)
Curveball: 35 (40)
Command: 50 (50)
Overall: 20 (20), Do not see much of a future for him as a starter