While the New York Mets bullpen has struggled mightily this season, especially in the month of June, there has been a new bright spot among the relief corps in Grant Hartwig. Hartwig, who was called up on June 19th, has impressed in his limited action thus far, which has left a positive impression on Mets fans as they are constantly looking for anybody who can get three outs out of the bullpen.
Hartwig, who is only 25 years old, has been one of the more promising arms down on the farm for the Mets over the last couple of seasons and he has had almost a handful of scoreless Major League appearances over the last couple of weeks. For a team that is desperate for bullpen help has been a breath of fresh air.
Grant Hartwig can play a major role for the Mets in 2024 with his sustained success this season
There is uncertainty whether the Mets will be buying or selling at the trade deadline this year, which could leave relievers such as David Robertson and Brooks Raley as potential trade chips for teams looking to bolster their bullpen down the stretch. If that were the case, Hartwig will have a solid chance to get into some high-leverage situations over the final months of the season.
Even if the Mets do not sell any of their relievers at the deadline, this is a prime opportunity for Hartwig to show the Mets brass how he can be a significant contributor to the Mets bullpen in 2024. Not only will he continue to get opportunities this season if he continues to pitch well, but he can be thought of as a solution similar to Bryce Montes de Oca was thought of as a future piece last season.
Hartwig has the track record in the minors to prove he can be a reliable arm for Manager Buck Showalter and he has proven that as of late as well. While the bullpen shuffle has worked poorly for the Mets this season, there may be a silver lining that comes out of the chaos after all with Grant Hartwig's performance.