The Mets could always make Tylor Megill a relief pitcher again
Checking through his minor league career, Megill has actually spent time working out of the bullpen. Down in the minor leagues, it’s often not much different than starting other than how you prepare and the innings you eat up. Half of his 2019 appearances were as a starter. The other half (11) were coming in as a reliever. The year prior, he made only two starts and eight relief appearances.
It may seem like a step backward but plenty of starting pitcher hopefuls end up being far more successful as a reliever. Megill has a pretty awesome strikeout punch, a quality that even carried over to the big leagues. He managed to fan batters at a rate of 9.9 per nine. It also came with a promising 2.7 walks per nine—a number lower than what he had consistently put up down on the farm.
As an organization, we haven’t seen the club do this too often in recent years. They did, however, acquire Yennsy Diaz and Sean Reid-Foley last winter in a trade only to turn them into full-time relief pitchers. Does the same happen with Megill?
The Mets may have a decision to make about Megill and another player in a similar predicament, David Peterson. It’s hard to imagine the team trying to win with both in the rotation. Something’s got to give. This takes us to one other option.