5) Mets pitcher Stephen Nogosek
The New York Mets selected Stephen Nogosek in the 6th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Nogosek spent his career in the minors acting as a reliever and occasional starter posting a 3.24 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP throughout his six years in the Mets system.
Regarding his experience in the majors, Nogosek debuted in 2019 in seven games in which he accumulated 6.2 innings with a horrible ERA of 10.80. He pitched briefly in 2021 and saw a bit more action in 2022, where he threw a total of 22 innings in 12 games finishing with a 2.45 ERA.
Now Nogosek will be competing for a spot on the Mets' roster. It is highly that he makes the team since he does not have a minor league option, so if it does not start with the big team he would have to be designated for assignment.
Many analysts project that the young pitcher will start the year with the Mets after posting better numbers last year in his time in the majors. This implies that Nogosek would make the team above many other options that are also viable for the team, so the pressure to generate good results immediately will be there.
There isn't much confidence that Nogosek has the stuff to stay in MLB all season. He is not a strikeout pitcher and has displayed control issues throughout his career. His FIP last year ended at 4.66, indicating that the defense helped keep his ERA below 3.00.
Stephen Nogosek will have to make a big effort to remain on the team as a viable bullpen option. Everything indicates that he could be designated for assignment even well before the middle of the season unless he puts up good numbers to be considered as a trade candidate but it is really doubtful. Nogosek will likely only be a Mets player for a few months or weeks in 2023.