Mets starting pitching trio: 1 to trust, 1 to move to the bullpen, 1 to demote

What does the future hold for the Mets trio of starting pitchers?
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One Mets pitcher to demote: Tylor Megill

Tylor Megill's regression this season has been disappointing and worrying. The starting pitcher has one of the best stuff among the Mets' MLB-ready talent options.

After showing excellent results in 2021, when he started the season as the opening-day pitcher following deGrom's injury, Megill has struggled to repeat that incredible streak. After returning from his injury, he has been showing worse results the last two seasons, 2023 being the worst in his short career.

In 2023, Megill has been heavily handicapped by the long ball and has diminished his ability to strike out, raising questions about his command on the mound. The allowed SLG is above .460, and his average exit velocity sits above 90 mph, which is pretty bad.

However, even though his fastball has lost power over the past two seasons, in his last outing against the Pirates, his fastball topped 98 mph and generated nine swings and misses. The fact that Megill manages to push his fastball speed more and more early in games is intriguing.

The Mets must demote Tylor Megill to make him a short reliever, and work even more on his stuff and speed in fewer innings. With this move, the Mets can test Megill in spring training as a reliever, who with his improved speed, could be a late-inning option for the team.