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Josh Edgin: Mets Season In Review

By Rich Sparago

Our Mets season in review series continues with pitcher, Josh Edgin. After a 2013 that saw him struggle, battle injuries, and spend time in the minor leagues, Edgin rebounded in 2014 to establish himself as a reliable bullpen piece.

Sep 9, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Josh Edgin (66) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

How He Fared in 2014

As mentioned above, Edgin had a solid 2014 in his role as a situational lefty. Left-handed hitters posted a .182 average against Edgin last season (right-handers batted .219 against him). Edgin struck out 18 of 69 lefties he faced (26%). A further look at Edgin’s numbers shows how impressive he was last season:

  • 1-0 record with a 1.32 ERA
  • 28 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings pitched
  • A strikeout percentage of 26.9%
  • A strikeout to walk ratio of 4.6:1
  • A WHIP of 0.91
  • Overall, opposing batters hit for a .194 average against him
  • A LOB percentage of nearly 86%

Edgin relies on a fastball (43% of his pitches in 2014) and slider (32% of his pitches). His 4-seam fastball averaged 92.5 mph. Edgin is a classic hard-throwing, limited-use reliever. Some refer to situational lefties as “LOOGY” (lefty one out guy), and Edgin certainly fills that role well.

Areas to Improve Upon

Edgin performs well in his assigned role. He improved upon his 2013 numbers against both left-handed and right-handed hitters. In fact, his performance against right-handed hitters has improved steadily over his three years in the major leagues (.256, .232., .219 averages against from 2012-2014 respectively). Perhaps the one thing Edgin could improve upon is his ability to work longer in games. He may have closer “stuff”, but has been limited to short outings throughout his career. Though the Mets have Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, and Bobby Parnell, knowing that Josh Edgin can step into the closer role if required would give them always-welcome depth.

Projected Role in 2015

Edgin will likely be a situational lefty once again in 2015. His ability to strand runners and get outs against left-handed hitters in the late innings serves the Mets well, especially within the NL East (facing Freddie Freeman, Ryan Howard, and Jason Heyward among others). The Mets used Dana Eveland to complement Edgin from the left side for most of 2014. Edgin, combined with another left-hander (Eveland or someone else), helps to make the Mets’ bullpen the strength it has become.

Contract Status and Trade Rumors

Edgin is not arbitration eligible until 2016. He has not been the subject of any trade rumors to this point. The smart money is on Edgin, who is a value at $493,500, returning to the Mets in 2015.