Thomas Szapucki could be a decent rotation depth option for the Mets in 2022
Who starts for the Mets in 2022? Other than Jacob deGrom and Taijuan Walker, we have questions.
Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard are both free agents with the latter yet to pitch in 2021 due to recovery from Tommy John Surgery. Carlos Carrasco is under contract. Like Syndergaard, we have yet to see him pitch. What if the injury bug bites him again?
David Peterson hasn’t performed well enough to keep his starter’s gig without a fight. Then there’s Joey Lucchesi. I think we all feel similarly about him.
The Mets certainly could view Szapucki as a rotation contender next year—that’s if he sticks around and isn’t traded first. The club has done a fine job at adding young starters over the last few months, several of which we have seen pitch in relief for the club already. Sean Reid-Foley comes to mind as one of the bigger successes.
I’m curious to see which prospects the Mets willingly shop this summer and which ones they hold onto tightly. I fully expect them to be buyers and offer up some decent talent to help down the stretch.
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It goes without saying, so let me say it, there is always the bullpen for Szapucki to fall into. As a lefty hurler, there’s always a spot open for innings. Will it be with the Mets or does he become just another prospect we keep an eye on with a different organization?