3 players who could wear many hats in their 2023 role with the team
2) NY Mets pitcher Joey Lucchesi could pitch in every situation possible
The Churve is back. Joey Lucchesi is another guy coming off of major surgery ready to play in whatever role the Mets need him. Probably best-equipped to handle a bullpen role, we could see the Mets use him in a variety of situations.
Lucchesi could be a starting pitcher option for them at some point, if only in more of an “opener” situation. Asking him for three frames is feasible when no one else may be available.
Maybe more important is the hat Lucchesi will wear when he spends a majority of his time with the big league Mets as a reliever. The team could have him on the roster strictly as a left-handed option. Alternatively, he could be a long-man. The Mets have options with him. Lucchesi has options himself, meaning, he should be one of several pitchers the team sends back and forth from the majors to the minors to find a fresh arm.
Starter, lefty reliever, and long-man out of the bullpen. These are the three brands of hat Lucchesi will be wearing in 2023.
None should take priority at any point for the Mets. He’ll need to be flexible and so will they. This year is one where everyone needs to accept it’s not about you. That means taking on lesser roles. Lucchesi already seems ready to embrace whatever gig the Mets hand him.