Alex Cobb – Tampa Bay Rays
Alex Cobb is one of the younger free agent pitchers at 29. Before this season, Cobb had pitched in five games the last two years. He also underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015. He returned to Tampa Bay late in the ’16 season, but got rocked for 22 runs on 32 hits in 22.0 innings.
This year has been much better for Cobb, a former fourth-round pick in 2006. He logged a career high in innings pitched and allowed less than a hit an inning. Cobb also slightly decreased his walk rate to 2.2 per nine innings. Pre-surgery, he was sitting between 2.5-3.0 in that category.
Cobb has never been a big strikeout pitcher. He has 570 strikeouts in 700 innings. He does keep the ball down. Among all qualified starters this season, Cobb is 13th in ground ball-fly ball ratio (1.58). His ground ball rate was down this year, and Cobb still ranked in the top 20 in ground ball percentage.
Cobb is still young and if this season is any indication, he’s put the injury question marks in the rearview mirror. Even pre-Tommy John surgery, Cobb had dealt with some injury issues in the early portion of his career. Still, he could be an interesting target for the Mets.