The New York Mets inked right-handed reliever Jeff Stevens to a Minor League deal today. Even though Stevens has big strikeouts numbers (career 9.7 K/9) and relatively low career ERA/WHIP (career 3.54 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 477.3 innings), it doesn’t appear the reliever has much of a chance with the big league club.
Despite sitting down a ton of Minor League hitters, the right-hander hasn’t had nearly as much success in the Majors. In parts of three seasons for the Chicago Cubs, Stevens has posted a combined 6.27 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and 1.12 K/BB in 37.3 IP. Even his strikeouts (6.8 K/9) haven’t translated to the show.
If the pitcher were to have a solid stay in Triple-A for the Mets, there’s always a chance Jeff Stevens and his interesting three-pitch repertoire (fastball, slider, and curveball) might take a trip to the big city.