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Mets re-assign Paul Sewald to minor league camp

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Feb 26, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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Sewald pitched in 11 Spring Training games, posting 2.51 ERA and two saves.

One of the quietly solid performances of camp will not translate into an Opening Day roster slot. The Mets re-assigned Paul Sewald to minor league camp on Tuesday, giving further clarity on the final bullpen spots before the team opens the season on April 3.

Sewald has flown generally under the radar, but put together a solid spring campaign. He got a good look, pitching in 11 games and 14.1 innings, fifth most on the team. Sewald pitched to a 2.51 ERA and a .143 opponent batting average with two saves. He recorded 12 strikeouts to five walks and allowed seven hits (three homers).

A former 10th round pick out of San Diego in 2012, Sewald has put together a solid career across the minors in the Mets system. In five seasons, Sewald is 16-8 with a 2.20 ERA in 194 games. He also has 66 saves in his career — 24 of those came in his AA stop at Binghamton in 2015. Last season, Sewald pitched exclusively at AAA Las Vegas and posted a 3.29 ERA with 19 saves in 56 appearances.

With Sewald re-assigned, that leaves the door wide open for Rafael Montero and Josh Edgin. Montero has been sharp in spring (1-0, 1.96) while Edgin has bounced back nicely from a slow start (two hits allowed in last eight appearances). Also, the suspension looming around Jeurys Familia has opened up another Opening Day roster spot. And, another spot could be opened if Steven Matz starts the season on the disabled list.

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Sewald has not made his MLB debut yet and will turn 27 in May. However, this year is as good a chance as any for that statement to change. Sewald opened some eyes with his performance in spring training and should be first in line when the Mets need to call someone up.

He has never been on any top prospect lists throughout his career, but he has now established himself as a potential viable fallback option in the Mets pen.

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