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Mets: Three pitchers that could start in emergency situations this season

JUPITER, FLORIDA - MARCH 01: Sean Reid-Foley #61 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins in a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on March 01, 2021 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - MARCH 01: Sean Reid-Foley #61 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins in a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on March 01, 2021 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 20: Pitcher Sean Reid-Foley #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in third inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Blue Jays 16-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

3) Right-handed pitcher Sean Reid-Foley

Sean-Reid Foley was one of the three pitchers that the Mets had acquired in the Steven Matz trade at the end of January with the Toronto Blue Jays. Interestingly enough, the 25-year old right-hander has experience both as a starter and as a reliever during his time with the Blue Jays, which makes him one of the potential options that the Mets could turn to should they need a starting pitcher to fill in at some point this season.

Once a highly regarded arm in the Blue Jays system, Reid-Foley was a second-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft out of high school, and he had ranked as high as the number two prospect in the Blue Jays system according to MLB.com back in 2016. There is plenty of potential that still remains with Reid-Foley and he probably contains the highest upside of all of the three arms that I have named to this point.

After his first appearance of the spring, Reid-Foley had mentioned to the media that “his feeling is the Mets want him more as a reliever, but also to cover multiple innings out of the bullpen. Or if something crazy happens, to be ready to start a game.” It seems there isn’t a definitive plan yet on how Reid-Foley will be used by the organization this season as it appears every possibility is on the table, but I would not be surprised to see him starting games in Syracuse this season once camp breaks.

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While Reid-Foley has produced a career 4.50 ERA in 13 starts and a career 3.95 ERA as a reliever in eight appearances, it may be in the Mets’ better interests to see how much they can get out of Reid-Foley as a starter in the minors this season. I believe he could provide to be more valuable to the Mets as a starting pitcher than as a reliever this season, and I would not be surprised in the slightest if he starts a game at the big league level in 2021.

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