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Gonzalez Germen: Mets Season in Review

By Danny Abriano

Our Season in Review series continues with reliever Gonzalez Germen, who had an uneven season in 2014.

How he fared in 2014:

Unable to find consistency while also dealing with a few nagging injuries, the 27-year-old Germen was shuttled between Triple-A Las Vegas and the Mets in 2014.

During his time with the Mets, Germen posted a 4.75 ERA (5.57 FIP) and 1.45 WHIP in 30.1 innings pitched spanning 25 appearances.

More alarming than the poor numbers above was the fact that Germen gave up 2.08 home runs per 9.

Areas to improve upon:

Germen needs to lower his walk rate dramatically. If he doesn’t, he simply won’t be a major league caliber reliever.

In 2013, Germen walked 4.19 per 9. In 2014, he walked 4.15 per 9. That rate is far too high for a pitcher who gives up roughly a hit per inning and who is extremely susceptible to the long ball.

Projected role in 2015:

It’s tough to find a spot for Germen in the Mets’ bullpen as it’s currently expected to be constituted. Aside from incumbents, the Mets might also give minor leaguers Cory Mazzoni and Jack Leathersich a look, likely squeezing Germen out. Look for Germen to open 2015 with Triple-A Las Vegas or in another organization.

Contract status and trade rumors:

Germen isn’t yet arbitration eligible, meaning he’ll make a tick above the major league minimum in 2015.