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3 inexperienced Mets pitchers auditioning for a bullpen role in 2023

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2) NY Mets pitcher Colin Holderman

Speaking of springs, Colin Holderman grabbed all of our attention in the short preseason when he was throwing heat and K’ing batters. He couldn’t be much more different career-wise than Medina. Holderman was never really on the radar as a top prospect for the Mets. Drafted in the 9th round in 2016, the Mets made the wise decision to start giving him more relief appearances in 2021.

The results were promising. Holderman went 24 innings and gave them a 3.38 ERA performance.

Holderman is a graduate of Tommy John Surgery and has already missed the entire 2018 campaign as a result of it. He, along with every minor leaguer, missed the 2020 season as well.

This hasn’t stopped Holderman from matching to the big leagues where he has already made it to the Mets roster. While expectations are currently exceptionally high for him because of his presence, we shouldn’t get too lost into thinking he’ll be dominating immediately and regularly for years to come.

That shouldn’t stop the Mets from having Holderman possibly slot in as one of the last lines of defense in their bullpen. We can’t expect them to fill every gap with free agents or trade acquisitions. Holderman has made a strong early case to let the front office know he’s an option for next year.

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