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2015 Mets season review: Logan Verrett

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Verrett put himself on the map with a solid 2015.

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Logan Verrett's nomadic 2015 season actually began in November 2014, when he was taken from the Mets by the Orioles in the Rule 5 draft. He remained with them throughout most of spring training before he was cut and claimed by the Rangers on waivers. Verrett remained with Texas into the regular season and made four rocky appearances with them. Texas placed him on waivers, he was ultimately returned to the Mets. The team sent him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Once in Vegas, Verrett pitched out of the bullpen for a month before transitioning him back into the rotation. He pitched reasonably well there, eventually getting the call to the big leagues in mid-June, where the Mets use him out of the bullpen. Things went much better than his first stint in the majors with Texas had, as Verrett allowed just one run over 12.1 innings spanning six appearances before the Mets sent him back to Vegas. Many were surprised he was sent down, but he had options and thus was the odd man out.

Verrett was stretched out again when he returned to Vegas and was recalled to make a spot start for Matt Harvey, whose turn the Mets were skipping that time through the rotation, in August. The start came in Colorado and was undoubtedly the highlight of Verrett's season. He tossed eight innings of one-run ball, struck out eight, and walked one. From there, he made a couple more relief appearances and a couple more spot starts, most of which were unspectacular. In total, he finished his first major league season with a 3.59 ERA and 4.20 FIP in 47.2 innings.

The revelation of the 2015 season for Verrett was the development of his changeup into an average major league offering. The slider had always been his best pitch, and it was predictably solid in the majors, but the changeup gave him the third pitch he needed to keep major league hitters off balance. His secondary pitches are always going to be important because his fastball is underwhelming, typically sitting around 90 miles per hour. He also began working in a curveball late in the year, to great success, so it will be interesting to see if he makes that pitch a regular part of his repertoire going forward.

All in all, the 2015 season was a success for Verrett. He established himself as a useful major league piece, whether it be out of the bullpen or as sixth starter for the rotation. Looking ahead to 2016, he should start the year in the major league bullpen and be available as the emergency sixth starter if the need arises.