The New York Mets depth chart has shaken up a lot recently. A demotion for Tylor Megill. A trade of Eduardo Escobar. The roster is looking much different than it did even a week ago.
As poorly as the Mets have played, there are a couple of players showing some positive signs and actually moving up the depth chart not necessarily just because others are moving down.
For a late June check-in, we find these three Mets players moving up the depth chart.
1) NY Mets reliever Josh Walker is moving up the depth chart
One of the more pleasant surprises has been how well Josh Walker has pitched through his first big league innings. He began the year in the minors, off the 40-man roster, and through 6 innings he has allowed 2 earned runs and struck out 5.
No one should be ready to declare Walker as the next great lefty reliever for the Mets. But based on what we have seen, Walker has certainly made a case to stick around or at least stay in the rotation of optional relievers on the roster this year.
The Mets have already gone through a couple of arms who haven’t worked out for them. Zach Muckehnhirn, Jimmy Yacabonis, Dennis Santana, etc. have all gotten their chance and failed. The team recently DFA’d Tommy Hunter and Stephen Nogosek to make some more permanent space for higher performers such as Walker. Will he stick around? He’ll have to continue to escape innings without a lot of damage against him.
The sample size for Walker is still minimal. Meanwhile, these two veterans on the Mets roster have played much more this season and have resumes to give us more of a hint of what we can expect.