3) Mets reliever John Curtiss has impressed us all this Spring Training
In a surprise move, the New York Mets signed John Curtiss to a major league contract in April 2022 while he was injured with a torn ulnar collateral ligament while with the Milwaukee Brewers. Before his injury, and being traded to Milwaukee in 2021, Curtiss had pitched very well with the Miami Marlins where in 35 games he had earned a 2.48 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched.
Throughout the entire half of 2021 and the full year of 2022, the former Marlins pitcher was rehabbing his injury returning to the mound this Spring Training 2023. Curtiss entered the preseason as a candidate to fight for one of the bullpen positions for opening day.
There was no assurance that this pitcher would make the team despite not having a minor league option due to the uncertainty surrounding his recovery. But John Curtiss has shown results this preseason that has surprised many and keep him as a practically safe candidate to start the year with the big team.
In all of his appearances on the mound, Curtiss has dominated an opposition that barely hits him around .150. His control has been spectacularly generating a WHIP under .70 with a K/9 ratio of an impressive 15.00 with a K/BB over 10.00.
With the opportunity in his hands in this Spring Training, John Curtiss has maximized all his appearances. Due to his performance this preseason and the injuries to the Mets' bullpen, Curtiss has become a big winner with one foot on the Mets' opening-day roster.