Our player by player Season in Review pieces continue today with right handed reliever Gonzalez Germen.
Germen, 26, made his major league debut on July 12th after spending the first few months of the season with Triple-A Las Vegas. Germen had a tremendous 10.43 K/9 ratio in Vegas, and an ERA of 5.52. His FIP, though, was 3.70.
After getting promoted to the Mets, Germen pitched 34.1 innings over 29 appearances, compiling an ERA of 3.93 and a 1.40 WHIP. He struck out 33.
How he fared on the mound:
Germen’s performance was solid after joining the Mets, but his ERA climbed from month to month. He had an ERA of 2.89 in July, 3.95 in August, and 4.76 in September. He was 1 for 3 in save opportunities.
There’s potential with Germen. He’s a bit wild, but has very good stuff. He worked predominately off his fastball and changeup, but also featured a slider at times.
Areas to improve upon:
Germen needs to improve his control. He walked 4.19 batters per 9 in the majors after walking just 2.25 per 9 while with AAA. Germen never walked more than 2.70 per 9 while in the minors, so he clearly has the ability to cut down on his big league walk rate from last year.
Projected role in 2014:
The Mets will likely have Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Jeurys Familia, Scott Rice, and a long-man (perhaps Carlos Torres) in the bullpen next season. That likely leaves two spots, and Germen will be competing to fill one of them.
Contract status and trade rumors:
Germen is under team control. He’s slated to make roughly $500K in 2014.
The Mets will be looking to upgrade several positions this winter, and may look to become active in the trade market. If they do, Gonzalez’ name may pop up as a third or fourth piece in a potential deal.