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New York Mets: Grading the 2018 rookies we saw regularly

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 18: Jeff McNeil #68 of the New York Mets hits an RBI triple in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citizens Bank Park on August 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 18: Jeff McNeil #68 of the New York Mets hits an RBI triple in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citizens Bank Park on August 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Corey Oswalt – C-

As much as I am disappointed with Corey Oswalt’s performance in 2018, I must acknowledge how he too received a big league promotion out of some necessity. Unlike Nido who was outmatched at the plate, Oswalt’s failures took place on the mound.

Last year, Oswalt put his name on the tips of Mets fans’ tongues with a tremendous year in Double-A. He was unable to repeat this in 2018 with a poor showing at both levels he pitched.

The Mets gave Oswalt plenty of opportunities to pitch in MLB this year both as a starter and a reliever. Unfortunately for him, even if he was successful in the former role, there are not many chances next year to see him start. Barring an offseason trade, the rotation is set.

Oswalt gets a C- grade from me because there weren’t heavy expectations. The team needed pitchers and he happened to have one of the better minor league pedigrees in the system.

Those low expectations for 2018 may soon change. After seven professionals seasons, it’s time to see a little more consistency from him. Oswalt turned 25 in early September and may not have enough time to suffer throw continued growing pains.

I hate to say it’s now or never for the kid, but it certainly feels like he’s running out of time to have an impactful career with the Mets.

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