2) NY Mets prospect Eric Orze makes sense for next year’s bullpen
Eric Orze is already an option to see major league action this year although if he hasn’t been called up yet we might have to wait until next year. The Mets bullpen is one of the most mysterious for the 2023 season. They have a lot of free agents there. Orze will have an opportunity to impress Buck Showalter enough and win his way onto the roster.
Orze has not been highly-acclaimed in the Mets’ system but there’s a simple reason for that. Minor league relief pitchers simply don’t get much attention. He’s only on the radar now because this 2020 fifth-round draft pick sped through the minor leagues from High-A to Triple-A in 2021. This season at Syracuse hasn’t been so spectacular but that’s only when you look at his ERA. Orze has been a high-strikeout, low-walk pitcher. Who cares about an ERA on the farm when he’s doing so many other things well?
As a candidate to fill in at the back of the bullpen, Orze would be an affordable option for the Mets. Not that they’re looking to build the bullpen cheaply. But with all of his minor league options remaining, it would be a benefit to have him on the roster. The Mets began this year with far too many guys missing minor league options. Having even two or three of those roster spots can be helpful at managing freshness out of the bullpen.