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Mets Minors: Corey Oswalt wins Eastern League Pitcher of the Year

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20: A detailed view of a Rawlings catchers glove with Franklin batting gloves in it belonging to the New York Mets player sitting on the dugout bench prior to the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on August 20, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20: A detailed view of a Rawlings catchers glove with Franklin batting gloves in it belonging to the New York Mets player sitting on the dugout bench prior to the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on August 20, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Mets’ 29th-ranked prospect has steadily climbed through the ranks and stood out in his first season with Binghamton

Corey Oswalt of the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies was selected as the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year for 2017. Oswalt helped guide Binghamton to a playoff spot and an 82-54 record with four games left. Binghamton will take on Trenton in the divisional round of the playoffs.

This is a mark of the steady progress he has made throughout his professional career to date. The 23-year old San Diego native did not have much experience on the mound when the Mets drafted him in 2012.

Oswalt doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but has put together his best season as a pro in 2017. He has posted a mark of 11-5 with a 2.37 ERA. Oswalt threw two complete games out of 23 starts and surrendered just 115 hits in 129.1 innings. He has recorded 111 strikeouts to 39 walks during his first season in Double-A.

Currently, Oswalt is the 29th-ranked prospect in the Mets’ organization. He has been a project for the Mets who drafted him in the seventh round of the 2012 draft. Oswalt was Rule 5 eligible for the first time last year, but was not selected. He was an infielder in high school and had very limited pitching experience before being selected by the Mets.

Oswalt has generally had solid command throughout his professional career as his 2.1 walks per nine innings would suggest. He also doesn’t give up a lot of home runs-21 in 442.2 career innings, which extrapolates to 0.4 homers per nine.

It has been a steady progress for Oswalt since the beginning of his career. He spent his first three years between Kingsport and Brooklyn, accruing just 24 appearances in that span. Oswalt didn’t pitch in a full season until 2015 with Savannah where he went 11-5 with a 3.36 ERA in 23 starts. Oswalt spent all of 2016 in St. Lucie or on the disabled list.

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Down the line, he could offer depth and fill multiple roles like what the Mets had with guys like Logan Verrett and Gabriel Ynoa in the recent past. While not a dominating presence, he has been more efficient on the mound with each passing season.

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