Tyler Pill’s sixth season in professional baseball in 2017 saw him finally reach the major leagues with the Mets at the age of 27. Pill had been in the Mets’ organization since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft, and had mostly shuffled between Double-A and Triple-A since 2014. But his struggles at Las Vegas had always been what prevented him from reaching the major league level.
But in 2017, Pill found moderate success at Triple-A once he was called back up from Double-A in early April. He posted a 3.00 ERA in his first seven starts in Las Vegas, and due to an abundance of pitching injuries for the Mets and a lack of organization depth, Pill got his first ever call-up to the big leagues on May 26, replacing Rafael Montero on the roster.
Pill made his major league debut coming out of the bullpen on May 27, getting two outs while giving up a run. But he made his first major league start just three days later, and he was effective, tossing 5.1 innings while only allowing one earned run and striking out four. But the negative effects of Pill started to rear their ugly head in his second start on June 4, as he gave up five runs—three earned—over five innings against Milwaukee.
He made another relief appearance on June 10 before being optioned back to Triple-A, but he wouldn’t stay down there for long. On June 20, the Mets needed a spot starter in Los Angeles, so they called on Pill again. But it turns out another dose of Pill was not what the Mets needed, as the Dodgers knocked him around for six runs in six innings. Pill was once again demoted after the game.
He was again recalled on July 24, and he made two more relief appearances for the team before getting sent back down once more just four days later. Pill’s season ended on August 23, when he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. He finished the season with a 5.32 ERA, 5.11 FIP, and a 6.1% K-BB ratio in 22.0 innings and three starts at the MLB level. The right-hander also pitched 80.1 innings in Triple-A for a 3.47 ERA, but only struck out 5.60 batters per nine innings there with a 4.84 xFIP.
Along with four other players, Pill was just outrighted off the Mets’ 40-man roster on Wednesday, so it appears that he has a tough road ahead to make it back to the major leagues anytime soon.