The New York Mets have called up 16th-ranked prospect, Corey Oswalt on Tuesday and in turn optioned outfielder, Brandon Nimmo to Triple-A Las Vegas.
In somewhat of a surprise move the Mets sent Brandon Nimmo on his way to Vegas to make room for the 2017 minor league pitcher of the year. Corey Oswalt is coming off a superb season and it will be interesting to see if he can carry it into the big leagues.
Oswalt, 24, pitched to a 12-5 record with a 2.28 ERA while starting 24 games for Double-A Binghamton. He had just one appearance this season for Las Vegas, pitching four innings while allowing three runs on five hits.
With the bullpen getting some extra work this early season it was imperative to get a fresh arm on the scene to help aide the cause.
The Mets bullpen has been a big part as to why this team has gotten off to such a great start in 2018. Keeping the arms fresh will be necessary to keep the success coming.
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Why send down Brandon Nimmo?
It does seem odd that the team chose to send the 25-year-old Nimmo back down to the Minors to make room for Oswalt but it also makes a lot of sense for numerous reasons.
With the return of Michael Conforto to the everyday lineup it has been tough to find playing time for Nimmo. Sending him back down will allow him to play on a more regular basis.
Nimmo has had just nine plate appearances so far on this young season. He has gone 3-for-9 with four runs scored and four walks in those at-bats.
Another interesting note that comes with this may have to do with the Metropolitans wanting to showcase Juan Lagares, when they can, to give teams out there a better look at the gold glove winning outfielder.
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Lagares could see more time as a late inning defensive replacement as he continues to show he is still one of the best defenders in the game today when given the opportunity.