The Mets have sent Akeel Morris back to the minors and called up Logan Verrett to take his place on the active roster. Morris was called up earlier this week from High-A Port St. Lucie despite never having pitched above that level in the minors. He gave up five runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Blue Jays.
If and when he pitches, Verrett will make his Mets debut, though the 2011 third-round pick made his major league debut for the Texas Rangers after they took him from the Mets in the Rule 5 draft over the winter. The ironic thing here is that Morris was kept on the 40-man roster before that draft, thus protecting him from being taken by another organization, while Verrett was not.
In his time with the Rangers, the 24-year-old Verrett pitched nine innings with a 6.00 ERA and 5.22 FIP, and after he cleared waivers, the Mets exercised their right to take him back and sent him to Vegas. In eleven appearances with Vegas this year, four of which were starts, he has a 3.00 ERA and 3.95 FIP.
As for Morris, the move represents a promotion relative to where he had spent his season until his call-up. He pitched very well in the Florida State League, and a move to Double-A seems to make plenty of sense.