New York Mets Option Paul Sewald and Daniel Zamora

The New York Mets continue to trim their big league roster as they send down a couple of bullpen arms with major league experience. Paul Sewald and Daniel Zamora will both be members of the Syracuse Mets whenever baseball finally resumes.

Zamora pitched very well in the Spring. Over five innings he only allowed one run, three hits, walked one and struck out eight batters. Always known as a left-handed specialist, he showed the ability to retire right-handed hitters as well. The only lefty in the Mets bullpen is Justin Wilson which makes Zamora the next man up if they need to replace him.

Sewald Out of Options

Sewald’s demotion marks the last time they can send him down without putting him through waivers. He also impressed in the Spring through his 5.1 innings pitched. He did not walk a single batter, allowed three hits, one run and struck out five. Sewald has always shown glimpses of dominance but he has never been able to consistently pitch well for a long period of time. As one of the most experienced relievers in the bullpen, he should see more big league time in 2020.

Last year both would have been guaranteed to make the big league roster but the Mets revamped it to gain more experience from their relievers. Having Zamora and Sewald should give the team confidence in their depth, should the have to deal with injuries.

New York Mets: Paul Seward Year in Review

After two seasons as a workhorse in the New York Mets bullpen, Paul Sewald saw his role take a significant step back during the 2019 season. Sewald was another frequent member of the shuttle between Triple-A and the MLB roster.

Seward started the season in the minors but only had to wait until April 14 to get the call-up to the Mets. He sandwiched one solid long relief appearance between two, where he allowed runs. Seward flew back to Syracuse just a week later, where Sewald stayed until mid-May. He returned on May 17 to pitch two innings out of the bullpen and allowed a run. Sewald promptly got the option back to Syracuse when Steven Matz came off the Injured List.

Surviving the DFA

The Mets designated him for assignment on May 22, but no teams claimed him, so he went back to Syracuse. Since Sewald was out of options, the Mets has to be very selective with the next time they brought him back. He returned in mid-August when the Mets made multiple changes in the bullpen, including shutting down Robert Gsellman for the season.

Sewald looked like a revamped pitcher when he returned. His velocity had increased, and he only allowed one run in his first six outings, while striking out 13. As quickly as things seemed to turn around, Sewald was front and center for the Mets ninth-inning collapse against the Washington Nationals. He allowed four runs and only retired one batter before Edwin Diaz blew the save.

Sewald only allowed two runs in his five outings following, but the outing against the Nationals put a damper on a promising turnaround. In his second to the last outing of the season, Sewald finally picked up his elusive first career win after 14 career losses.

It will be a tall task for Sewald to crack the Mets bullpen in 2020. More than likely, he will have to start the season in Triple-A once again. He has never had a year where his ERA was below 4.5, and the current options the Mets have are all better ones.

Grades:

Pitching Repertoire: C, His fastball started the season around 89-91 but moved to 91-94 later in the season. Due to his release point, he also had a wipeout slider.

Control: A+, Only 1.4 BB/9, and his K/9 increased to 10.1, the highest of his career.

Composure: C+, Hitters batted below .200 with RISP, but Sewald had a 16.88 ERA during the ninth inning.

Intangibles: B

Overall: C-, It was an okay season from Sewald, but the Nationals loss lingered on him for the rest of the year.

New York Mets 40-Man Roster Overview: Paul Sewald

Paul Sewald, the 27-year old reliever, will likely be one of the last few relievers to make the New York Mets roster. He had an up and down rookie season with the Mets and will try to look for more consistency in the 2018 season.

Sewald Has Been A Lifelong Met:

The  Mets drafted Sewald in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB Draft from the University of San Diego. The Mets Sewald sent to the Brooklyn Cyclones and excelled in his first year of professional baseball. He had a 1.88 ERA and only walked two batters in 28.2 innings.

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He earned a promotion to the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2013 and was just as strong with a 1.77 ERA and picked up eight saves. His control was something that made him stand out, only walking seven batters in 56 innings. Outside of 4.1 innings with the Binghamton Mets, Sewald played with the St. Lucie Mets in 2014 and 1.92 ERA with 11 saves.

Sewald continued to dominate with the B-Mets the next year with a 1.75 ERA and 24 saves which earned him and Eastern League All-Star selection. 2016 was his last full year in the minors and he spent it with the Las Vegas 51s. His ERA rose to 3.29, as most do, but the Mets still had plans for Sewald’s future with the organization.

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Sewald’s Mets Debut:

In 2017, the  Mets called-up and sent down Sewald a couple of times in April but spend the rest of the year with the Mets. From May through September, Sewald would have a good then a bad month. He never found the consistency that he was able to show in the minor leagues. He finished the 2017 season with a 4.55 ERA but pitched 65.1 innings out of the bullpen.

Sewald has had a solid Spring Training with a 3.75 ERA in the 12 innings he has pitched. Sewald is likely going to be a middle reliever this season potentially is an underrated reliever for the Mets. The fans and organization seem to think highly of Sewald because they did not trade him for Cleveland Indians second baseman, Jason Kipnis. Fans around the league should not be surprised if he has a breakout season in 2018.