The Mets called up starter Corey Oswalt from Triple-A Las Vegas today, optioning Brandon Nimmo down to Las Vegas to open a roster spot for Oswalt.
In 2017, Oswalt had a very strong year in Double-A Binghamton as a starter, winning last year’s Eastern League Pitcher of the Year award and was named the Mets’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year. In 25 starts he had a 12-5 record, pitched a 2.28 ERA and a 3.31 FIP and bagged 119 strikeouts. In his lone start in Triple-A Las Vegas this year, he allowed 3 earned runs and five hits in four innings pitched while striking out five.
The 24-year old right-hander will become a bullpen piece in the meantime while Jason Vargas continues to undergo rehab for a broken right hand. Given the necessity for a fresh reliever out to the bullpen, especially after the usage the bullpen has seen in recent games, there is enough reason to believe that calling up a reliever was a good, short-term decision.
Oswalt’s promotion also allows Brandon Nimmo to receive more at-bats in Triple-A, instead of playing behind Michael Conforto and battling with Juan Lagares for reps as a 4th outfielder. Nimmo has performed well in the very small amount of plate appearances he’s made, he’s made 3 hits in 9 at-bats and drawing 4 walks in 15 plate appearances.
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