5) Danny Young
Throw a baseball well left-handed and you’ll always be employed. It’s the best career advice anyone can offer. Danny Young has the left-handed part of it down. Now he just needs to continue to pitch well to avoid ever going hungry.
Now 29, Young impressed with the Atlanta Braves last season albeit across just 8.1 innings. His 1.08 ERA must’ve been an unexpected treat. He had a 6.32 ERA down in Triple-A.
The world will always need lefties on the mound. Young is in luck. The Mets don’t have a slew of lefties to choose from. One remaining minor league option can help him join the team several times throughout the campaign, too.
Young has spent most of his professional career as a reliever without ever putting up truly impressive totals over a long period of time. Other than being a temporary option for the Mets this year when they may need a southpaw in the bullpen, there isn’t a whole lot to get truly excited about unless, of course, somehow his success with the Braves in 2023 was for real.
Out of all of these players, Young may actually have the best shot at making the MLB roster to start the season. It really depends on the health of the other bullpen arms, specifically a guy like Brooks Raley. A closer look at Young in the spring will help determine if he’s even a favored option later in the season or if the Mets will pass right over and ask Nate Lavender for some outs.