New York Mets prospects

Three Mets minor league pitchers who could help this team out in 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches against Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets on April 04, 2019 during the Mets home opener at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches against Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets on April 04, 2019 during the Mets home opener at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images) /
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 21: David Peterson #77 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

David Peterson

This one is admittedly a long shot, but I feel that it is one worth mentioning.

David Peterson is a left-handed starting pitcher who was drafted by the Mets 20th overall in the 1st round of the 2017 MLB draft out of the University of Oregon.

During the 2018 season, Peterson split time between playing with the St. Lucie Mets and the Columbia Fireflies in the Mets minor league system. Between the two teams, Peterson started 22 games in 2018, logging 128.0 innings with a 7-10 record and a 3.16 ERA.

Coming into the 2019 season, the 23-year-old Peterson was ranked as the Mets top pitching prospect and was set to begin the season in Double-A Binghamton.

Peterson is not a power pitcher, as his fastball sits in the low 90s, but he is known to have excellent control of his off-speed pitches. Despite his young age and how recently he was drafted, I could see the Mets calling him up this season if they have a pressing need for a starting pitcher.

MLB.com’s scouting report for Peterson states that “Peterson has demonstrated outstanding control of all his pitches, even if he can stand to refine his overall command some. Average bat-missing ability and a knack for inducing weak, ground-ball contact points to more of a floor than a ceiling for Peterson, but it might not take him that long to reach his potential as a No. 3 or 4 starter.”

They also have him listed as an expected call up for the 2020 season, but if he continues to impress, then there’s a possibility that the Mets pull the trigger and bring him up this season instead.

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