In his second major league start, Chris Flexen wasn’t faring too well, and he left the game after three innings because of a blister on his right index finger. Before that, he gave up five runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk, which leaves him with a 12.00 ERA in his very young big league career.
The 23-year-old righty was recently called up from Double-A Binghamton, where he had made just seven starts but pitched really well. Over the course of 48.2 innings, he had a 1.85 ERA with 9.2 strikeouts and 1.3 walks per nine innings. And before those starts in Binghamton, he had made three in High-A St. Lucie earlier in the season.
The Mets selected Flexen out of high school with their 14th-round pick in the 2012 draft, and he’s climbed the ranks of the organization ever since. Injuries have nagged him plenty along the way, but there’s always been some buzz about him when he’s been healthy. He ranked 21st on our list of the Mets’ top twenty-five prospects before the 2017 season began.