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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: A cap and glove of a New York Mets player sits on the step of the dugout during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on April 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: A cap and glove of a New York Mets player sits on the step of the dugout during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on April 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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JUPITER, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 22: Stephen Gonsalves #59 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium on February 22, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Stephen Gonsalves

Originally drafted by the Minnesota Twins back in 2013, Stephen Gonsalves is another left-handed starter in the Mets Player Pool, and in my opinion, a dark horse candidate to make the team and potentially serve as a replacement in the rotation.

Despite being drafted in 2013, Gonsalves is relatively young, as he is only 26-years-old. He made his major league debut for Minnesota back in 2018, after posting a 2.76 ERA in the minor leagues earlier that season.

His initial call up was less successful, however, as he appeared in 7 games, starting 4 of them later part of the season, posting a 6.57 ERA. Gonsalves was sent to the minor leagues to continue developing, however, he missed most of the 2019 season due to injury and the Twins released him that offseason, allowing the Mets to claim him off waivers.

Gonsalves had a successful spring training for the Mets, pitching 5 scoreless innings over the course of his appearances, and in an intrasquad game last week, he pitched very competitively against much of the Mets starting lineup.

He may not be a known name to Mets fans, but in the event of an injury to one of our pitchers, Gonsalves could be one of the team’s best options to make a spot start.

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In a 60-game season, the Mets look prepared with enough starting pitching depth to handle the rigors of Major League Baseball.

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