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NY Mets Roster: 2 players who should probably start 2022 in Triple-A

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 07: David Peterson #23 of the New York Mets reacts after walking in a run with the bases loaded in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on May 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 07: David Peterson #23 of the New York Mets reacts after walking in a run with the bases loaded in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on May 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Aug 18, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; New York Mets pitcher Tylor Megill (38) confers with catcher Patrick Mazeika (76) and pitching coach Jeremy Hefner during the third inning while home plate umpire Scott Barry (87) tries to hurry things along at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

Tylor Megill and David Peterson should both get innings for the Mets in 2022 regardless of where they start

Barring a trade, which I would say is somewhat likely for these two, each will get to pitch in the big leagues again in 2022. Injuries are inevitable to both starters and relievers. Even if the Mets do load up on talent in free agency or trades that didn’t involve either of these pitchers, they should get an opportunity.

Ultimately, though, it’s impossible for me to have much confidence in both working out well. Megill has a higher hill to climb. He was never expected to ever reach the big leagues. Eighth-round draft picks rarely do.

Peterson, on the other hand, is a first-rounder. He has been on the major league radar for several years and the fact that he throws left-handed helps him a bit, too.

There is one unfamiliar role one or both of these arms could take on. The bullpen is always an option for any young starter who doesn’t seem capable of getting 15+ outs a night. As much as the Mets would prefer to develop starters, they also need to look at the future of their bullpen. Many of their current relievers are set to hit free agency within the next two seasons. To have even one young gun they can turn to for the next several years would be a great benefit for them.

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It’s not an absolute disaster if Megill or Peterson are on the Opening Day roster. However, if they are present, it probably means the offseason wasn’t as superb as everyone wanted.

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