The Mets overhauled their bullpen this off-season bringing in Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia and Justin Wilson on major league deals and Luis Avilan (among others) on minor league deals. The flurry of action didn’t put Lugo or Gsellman in risk of losing their spot but has put Zamora, Sewald, Bashlor, Oswalt, Smith and Rhame into competition for the remaining spots. (Many of the players just named who have already been assigned to minor league camp or in the case of Smith out for the year from TJ).
Tyler Bashlor was assigned to minor league came yesterday, which makes sense. He was a rookie last year and so far in Spring he has allowed 5 runs over 7.0 innings. With all of the arms the Mets have, it doesn’t necessarily make sense to break camp with him. There is a strong chance, almost inevitable chance, that he comes up to Queens at some point.
2018 (Also Career): 32 IP, 4.22 ERA, 5.44 FIP, 1.188 WHIP, 7.0 K/9, 0.1 WAR, 5.68 DRA
He had a good rookie campaign. Didn’t blow anyone away but didn’t see completely lost out on the mound. For the most part, projections were struggling with his playing time:
(Citations: Baseball Prospectus (BP) projections are from the Baseball Prospectus annual which can you can get here. It’s highly recommended. ESPN projections can be found here. ZiPS can be found here. Steamer can be found here. Baseball Reference projections (BR) can found on the players BR page which linked elsewhere on this article. )
Hold ZiPS aside because they don’t worry about playing time – most of the projections have Bashlor getting about the same amount of innings as he did last year, so probably a call up later in the season. Nothing about it is too crazy or different than 2018 outside of an FIP that matches his ERA better. The only projection that seems cool on him is BP which generally is the most conservative when it comes to projections anyway.