New York Mets Add Three Pitchers to 60-Man Camp

New York Mets, Luis Rojas

As week two of New York Mets summer camp starts up, they will have three new members to their workouts. The three pitchers are right-handers Jordan Humphreys and Matt Blackham and lefty Stephen Gonsalves.

Humphreys was a high upside prospect pitched well through rookie and A-ball, but Tommy John Surgery derailed him in 2018. He only threw two innings in rookie ball in his 2019 return. Humphreys impressed in the Arizona Fall League with only one run allowed in 11.2 innings. The Mets put him on the 40-man roster before 2020. He is not overpowering, but his career 1.6 BB/9 is very impressive and just turned 24.

Major League Ready?

While Humphreys still seems a couple of steps away from the big leagues, Matt Blackham could contribute this year. He is a slender 5′ 10″ and listed at 150 pounds but has carried strikeout stuff throughout the minors. During his minor league career, he has a 2.38 ERA and 12.1 K/9. At age 27, Blackham could fit into the long line of late-blooming Mets at the big league level.

Gonsalves is the only addition with major league experience in his career. Highly touted throughout the minors, he had a career ERA under three before his 2018 call-up. Gonsalves had a 6.57 ERA, and constant injuries during his Minnesota Twins tenure caused them to put him on waivers. On Wednesday, he turned 26-years old, and the Mets hope he can rekindle his prospect talent.

All three pitchers come to the Mets as insurance should injuries or COVID-19 cause players to drop the same way it has throughout the NBA and NHL. The Mets have good luck so far with keeping their players healthy and engaged, but things can easily turn south quickly. With the expanded 30-man rosters to start the season, a stellar spring gives these pitches a chance to join a strong Mets bullpen.

Matz Strong Outing Helps Give the New York Mets a Win

All of Steven Matz’s Spring Training starts for the New York Mets will be watched with heavy scrutiny. Matz took the mound for his second start against the Houston Astros and pitched very well. The offense was quiet once again but the pitchers delivered in the seven innings following Matz.

For good reason, Matz sees himself as a starter and its proving why so far. Over two innings of work, he allowed one hit and struck out one. Another promising sign for Matz is the other five outs recorded all came on ground balls. Compared to Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello, Matz has the upper advantage as the calendar turns to March.

Polar Bear in Hibernation

Pete Alonso continued his slow start to Spring Training. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and dropped his average to .067 for the Spring. There is still plenty of time to get himself right but as each day passes the struggles grow more and more concerning.

Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto both mixed in hits and stolen bases in their efforts. The third stolen base came from Dominic Smith as the Mets continue to push their initiative of being more aggressive on the bases.

The minor leaguers got the job done to secure a victory. Will Toffey started the ninth-inning rally with a walk and it was followed by a Jake Hager double to tie the game. Max Moroff traded places with Hager to tie the game and steal the lead from the Astros.

The minor league relievers cost the Mets some games early in the Spring but they were dominant on Saturday. The six pitchers combined to pitch seven innings, allowing five hits, two walks, one run and struck out seven batters. Jordan Humphreys and Adonis Uceta combined for 1-2-3 innings in the eighth and ninth to secure the win and save respectively.

Split Squad Sunday

Jacob deGrom makes his Spring debut at Port St. Lucie against the Washington Nationals. Michael Wacha makes his second start of the Spring against the Miami Marlins in Jupiter.