The 23-year-old Chris Flexen has been dominant this season for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
Prior to Monday night’s game against the Padres, the Mets announced that right-hander Chris Flexen will be making his major league debut on Thursday when they complete their series against San Diego.
Flexen will be skipping Triple-A altogether and will get the nod over the recently called up Tyler Pill for the start. Pill, according to the Mets, will be working out of the bullpen. He’s struggled as a starter going 0-3 with a 5.00 ERA in five starts with the big club, so it makes sense that they’d give him a shot in the bullpen to switch things up a bit.
The right-hander Flexen, on the other hand, has been brilliant in his first year at Double-A Binghamton. He’s started seven games for the Rumble Ponies and has gone 6-1 with a 1.85 ERA in 48 and 2/3 innings. During that stretch, Flexen has allowed just 28 hits and seven walks for an outstanding 0.719 WHIP. He’s definitely made a name for himself in Binghamton, and now he’ll get a chance to prove his worth at the major league level.
Flexen will be the first Mets player since Michael Conforto in 2015 to skip Triple-A and make the jump from Double-A to the bigs. While he’s been extremely impressive, we’d probably attribute that to the fact that the Mets rotation has been absolutely decimated with injuries over general manager Sandy Alderson’s personal preferences.
The guys in Triple-A haven’t really been better, and since the Mets aren’t really going anywhere this year you might as well see what a kid like Flexen can do in the spotlight of an MLB game.
The Mets have yet to communicate who will be going down to make room for Flexen in the 25-man roster, so let’s hope it’s not an injury that ends up being the corresponding move.