He’s back. The Mets re-signed the pitcher Chris Young to a minor league deal, hoping that the right-hander can provide the team with some pitching depth. Similar to last off-season, the Mets inked Young without expecting much. That appears to be the case now, too.
From 2008 to 2010, the pitcher combined for just 198.3 innings due to a flurry of injuries (and subsequent recovery time). However, the team liked what they saw in the hurler’s late-2011 return (0.90 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 1.36 K/BB in 20 IP), and handed him a deal. At first, the deal looked genius. Young pitched four great ballgames for the Mets in 2011, posting a 1.88 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 2.00 K/BB over 24 frames–but then injury struck.
An arm injury knocked Young out for the rest of the season, making his future career pretty bleak. However, going into Spring Training, the pitcher received a clean bill of health, and the Mets scouted him until finally signing him recently. With the Mets rotation currently set, it appears as though Young will start the season in Triple-A, and continue to build arm strength. In the event one of the Mets current starters falls prey to injury, you can bet that Chris Young will get the call.