Ryan O’Rourke, LHP
It has been a rough go for Ryan O’Rourke so far in his brief major league career. A 13th round pick in 2010, O’Rourke has yet to make much of an impact at the major league level.
A DL stint has kept him out of the majors since 2016, in which he last appeared for the Minnesota Twins. O’Rourke is slowly working his way back from Tommy John Surgery. In 2018, he recorded 13.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and allowed 5 runs over 14.1 innings.
O’Rourke usually leans heavily on his slider, where he gets a lot of swings and misses. His four-seam only sits at about 91 mph. While his fastball doesn’t overpower anyone, he can still depend on it, as well as his cutting changeup, to get groundball outs.
Overall, this was a typical low-risk low-reward relief deal that the Mets are prone to making every offseason. Hopefully, this one will fare better than those of the likes of José Valverde, Antonio Bastardo, and countless others.
You never know; maybe O’Rourke shines this season as the southpaw looks to compete for one of the remaining bullpen sports. While the Mets have little to lose with this minor deal, this signing lacks creativity and seems to pick up Sandy Alderson’s tradition of signing underwhelming relief pitching every winter.