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New York Mets 2018 report cards for the relief pitchers

By Judy Kamilhor
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Seth Lugo #67 of the New York Mets celebrates the final out of the game as the New York Mets defeat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on September 26,2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Seth Lugo #67 of the New York Mets celebrates the final out of the game as the New York Mets defeat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on September 26,2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Bashlor

The Nickname: Bash (2018 Players Weekend), Bashful

The Review: Tyler Bashlor is 25 and homegrown, which are in his favor. He flashed some potential in a 96.3 mph average fastball in his first time in The Show, but he needs to work on some things in order to become a reliable reliever.

There is too little separation between his fastball and his 88.8 mph changeup, which was his most effective pitch in limited use, per FanGraphs.

He is one of the few Mets pitchers to have a lower ERA than FIP, which means that his strikeout, walk, and HR rates are not as good as his results suggest. His BABIP was extremely low, which could indicate a regression in 2019.

The Pitching stats:

  • G 24
  • IP 32.0
  • ERA 4.22
  • FIP 5.44
  • xFIP 5.59
  • WHIP 1.19
  • BABIP .225
  • K% 18.5
  • BB% 8.9
  • K-BB% 9.6
  • HR/9 1.69
  • HR/FB 12.0
  • GB% 29.3

The Grade: D+ (plus for his potential to improve)

How acquired: 2013 June Amateur Draft – Round: 11, Pick: 10, Overall: 326, Team: New York Mets (per FanGraphs)

Tim Peterson

The Review: Tim Peterson is 27 and homegrown. He’s too old to be a prospect, so 2019 will be the turning point if he gets another chance in Spring Training. His one good result is his BB% of 4.2. Everything else bodes poorly for success, especially a 90.5 mph fastball with a low GB% of 30.1 combined with a high HR/9 of 2.60 and HR/FB 18.2.

His road to success is keeping the walks down while getting a lot more grounders, which is a challenge in the launch-angle era.

The Pitching stats:

  • G 22
  • IP 27.2
  • ERA  6.18
  • FIP 5.76
  • xFIP 4.63
  • WHIP 1.23
  • BABIP .226
  • K% 21.2
  • BB% 4.2
  • K-BB% 16.9
  • HR/9 2.60
  • HR/FB 18.2
  • GB% 30.1

The Grade: D+

How acquired: 2012 June Amateur Draft – Round: 20, Pick: 12, Overall: 620, Team: New York Mets (per FanGraphs)

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