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3 Mets pitchers who should get their share of relief innings in 2021

Mar 13, 2021; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jordan Yamamoto (45) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 13, 2021; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jordan Yamamoto (45) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports
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MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 24: Sam McWilliams #52 of the Kansas City Royals delivers a pitch during the spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Stadium on February 24, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Sam McWilliams got a major league contract from the Mets, let’s give him some major league innings

The Mets signed Sam McWilliams to a major league contract this winter despite not having a single major league inning under his belt. I hope this doesn’t become what he’s best known for. I want to actually see this guy pitch.

McWilliams has pitched well in a variety of places for numerous organizations. Probably the best of the three names on this list to actually become a regular in the Mets rotation, I wouldn’t be opposed to him beginning out as a relief pitcher for the 2021 squad.

Nothing seems to suggest the Mets are in any rush to promote McWilliams to the show. However, he did pick up a pair of saves during his three appearances in spring training. McWilliams didn’t allow a single run either. Only the five walks allowed fall into the negative column.

A big part of the offseason strategy the Mets implored was to grow the farm system by acquiring players drafted by other teams without sacrificing much that they had. McWilliams is one of the top young pitchers they brought in. His exact role, though, has yet to be defined but I do believe any innings he gets this year will come in the form of relief.

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I understand the hesitation to promote McWilliams to the major leagues. In the doubleheaders the Mets have played, they have turned to Stephen Tarpley and his experience over the promise someone else might bring.

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