Unfinished business. Those two words have seemingly taken on a life as the theme of the Amazins’ upcoming season. Having lost the World Series to the Royals, the Mets seek to return to the World Series and win it this time.
Josh Edgin is also looking to redeem himself this year. The left-handed reliever lost his entire 2015 season to a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Once a part of the Mets' bullpen, Edgin finds himself in unfamiliar waters entering 2016. After undergoing Tommy John surgery Edgin is working his way back but isn't quite ready yet. He last pitched in 2014 and is expected to return sometime in May, but his spot in the Mets' bullpen isn't secure, as the Mets have signed left-handed relievers Jerry Blevins and Antonio Bastardo during the offseason.
While 2014 might have been a lost year for the Amazins’, Edgin did well in his time with the team that year. The former 30th-round pick had a 1.32 ERA with 28 strikeouts and a 0.91 WHIP in 27.1 innings pitched. He stifled batters from both sides of the plate, holding lefties to a .185 average and righties to a .219 average.
Now a year removed from surgery, Edgin is back on the mound working his way back. He got started by throwing in a minor league intrasquad game at spring training. Whenever he is ready, though, will Edgin still have a spot in the Major League bullpen?
In addition to the aforementioned Blevins and Bastardo, Rule 5 draftee Sean Gilmartin solidified his spot in the bullpen with a 2.67 ERA in 57.1 innings pitched last year. Edgin’s 2016 projects to fall more in line with his middle of the road 2013 season as opposed to his 2014 campaign. He’s expected to postal ERA in the mid-threes, strike out about a batter per inning, and post a WHIP somewhere in the 1.20-1.40 range.
With his experience and past major league performance, he remains a strong candidate to pitch for the Mets once he's ready, but there isn't currently a clear opening for him on the team's 25-man roster.