2) NY Mets prospect Grant Hartwig can help the bullpen
The Mets bullpen is like a lot of bullpens. At times it’s good. In other instances there are too many guys who belong in the minor leagues. Grant Hartwig is becoming one of those Mets pitching prospects performing well enough for the big league club to start considering him as a viable option.
So far this season with Syracuse, Hartwig is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA. He has tossed 12 innings and walked 7 while striking out 14. Those numbers aren’t much of a surprise. Since he began his professional career in 2021, Hartwig has averaged 3.9 walks per 9 and 12.2 strikeouts per 9. He’s a tad high with the walks and low with the strikeouts this year. It’s early. We shouldn’t worry.
For those who followed Hartwig’s career, the strong start isn’t much of a surprise. He was fantastic on the farm last year. In his 56.2 innings of work at multiple levels, Hartwig was 6-2 with a 1.75 ERA. Undrafted and signed as an amateur free agent, he has the makings of being the next underdog story Mets fans latch onto and enjoy watching develop.
One thing holding Hartwig back could be the abundance of right-handed options the Mets already have. He’ll need to improve before moving ahead on the chart over some of the other arms. Similar sentiments could be true for this other player except he has the benefit of being a lefty.