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Mets: Six surprise players who could win a roster spot in Spring Training

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 06: The Grapefruit League logo on the third base line before a spring training game between the Houston Astros and New York Mets at First Data Field on March 6, 2018 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 06: The Grapefruit League logo on the third base line before a spring training game between the Houston Astros and New York Mets at First Data Field on March 6, 2018 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Kyle Dowdy

Kyle Dowdy is a right-handed pitcher who will be joining the Mets in Spring Training this year as a Rule 5 draft pick from the Cleveland Indians organization. Dowdy was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers as a starting pitcher, touted as a hard-throwing pitcher with a fastball capable of consistently reaching the upper 90s.

Between the Tiger’s and Indian’s two minor league systems last season, Dowdy pitched a total of 124.0 innings where he struck out 120 batters over 20 starts and 10 relief appearances. 9 of his starts and 2 relief appearances occurred in Triple-A last season, where he compiled a 4.47 ERA.

Should the Mets choose not to break camp with him or cut him at any point during the season, then he will be returned to the Cleveland Indian’s system, so if the Mets hope to retain him going forward, then they will have to keep him on their Major League roster.

Additionally, Dowdy has already received an endorsement from GM Brodie Van Wagenen. When he was selected back in December, Van Wagenen stated in an interview with SNY that Dowdy made “huge strides” in 2018 and has a “four-pitch repertoire that includes a 98 mph fastball.”

Van Wagenen also added that Dowdy, while he will enter Spring Training competing for a spot in the bullpen, he could be an insurance option for the rotation in case of an injury to a Mets starter.

Dowdy appears as though he will likely be one of the favorites to break camp with the team as a Rule 5 pick, and given his upside as a pitcher and his endorsement from the Mets GM, fans should expect to see him be given every opportunity he can to make the big league roster.

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