As we enter the second week of our walk through each Met’s season, we reach the first pitcher from the 2010 draft class to make it to the big show. He was taken 29 rounds after Matt Harvey, but he made it two weeks before him. Josh Edgin, this is your Year in Review.
How He Did on the Mound
Edgin got off to a rough start, giving up two runs in one and a third frames in his debut on July 13, but soon settled in and got his ERA down to 2.13 by August 8. While that number ballooned to 4.56 by the end of the season, he became a decent lefty specialist, plugging the hole Tim Byrdak left when an injury derailed his season. His 30 strikeouts in 25 2/3 frames stand out and he had five holds in 34 appearances.
Areas to Improve Upon
Edgin’s biggest concern is his toughness in short, high-pressure situations. His stats in outings longer than an inning were very good, while he got hammered when called on to make single-batter, less-than-an-inning appearances. When New York was looking for a potential closer who wasn’t named Frank Francisco, Josh did not prove to have the mettle, blowing a save in San Francisco on July 30. He also ruined draft mate Matt Harvey’s one-hit finale on September 19 by serving up a two-run home run to Ryan Howard, costing Harvey and the team a win over the hated Phillies. His own season finale the next day was just as miserable as he hit Chase Utley and allowed a grand slam to Howard without getting an out. The biggest thing Edgin can do this offseason is get some ice water in his veins. Perhaps a trip up Mt. Kilimanjaro with R.A. Dickey would do the trick!
Projected Role in 2013
Edgin was one of the few bright spots in what was otherwise a dismal season for the bullpen. He ascended to the majors faster than anyone could have predicted and will likely start 2013 on the big-league roster as one of the Mets’ lefty arms. Whether or not Josh becomes the lefty specialist depends on what Dan Warthen, Terry Collins, and Sandy Alderson do with Byrdak, Robert Carson, and Justin Hampson.
Contract Status and Trade Rumors
Edgin remains under contract with the Mets at least another year. At age 25, he is still developing as a big league pitcher. While he may have been one of the bright spots in the bullpen, he was far from a Broadway marquee. Like Bobby Parnell, he struggled in save- and other high-pressure situations, meaning he’s an unlikely option for a team that desperately needs a long-term 9th-inning man. Now Parnell was far better than Edgin, his ERA was more than two points lower, but if the Mets listen to offers for him (and I think they should), I don’t see why they wouldn’t do the same for Edgin. If they can package him together with someone else to get a decent outfielder, or even another decent reliever, expect Josh Edgin to be forgotten in a hurry in Flushing.
Check back tomorrow when Sam and Matt have their review of Mike Baxter and Robert Carson, respectively.