Our Season in Review series continues with Buddy Carlyle, a reliever who resurrected his career in 2014.
How he fared in 2014:
After last pitching in the majors in 2011 and never really having much success in the big leagues during a bunch of brief stints, Carlyle had a very good season for the Mets in 2014.
Carlyle was called up in May, but didn’t pitch much until August and September – when he tossed 22 combined innings.
Overall, in 31 innings pitched spanning 27 appearances, Carlyle posted a 1.45 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. He struck out 8.13 per 9 and had a career-low walk rate of 1.45 per 9.
Areas to improve upon:
Carlyle simply needs to do whatever he did last year. There’s nothing to nitpick about when it comes to Carlyle’s performance.
Projected role in 2015:
It’s fair to be wary of a pitcher with a career ERA of 5.13 whose last (and only) successful season in the majors came in 2008. However, Carlyle (who will turn 37 in December) will likely get another shot with the Mets in 2015. With a bullpen that should include Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Josh Edgin, and perhaps another lefty, Carlyle will probably be vying for the long-man spot.
Contract status and trade rumors:
Carlyle is arbitration eligible, but will only earn a negligible amount more than the league minimum. Look for the Mets to offer him arbitration.