Stephen Nogosek started the year being seen as a candidate for the backend of the bullpen. One of the hodgepodge of relievers that the Mets traded for in 2017, Nogosek was the prototypical “95 and a slider” righthander that has become essentially a depth arm for most farm systems around the league. However, we are dealing with the Mets system, whose vaunted lack of depth in their arms is well known to those that watched games in 2019.
None of these traits are a knock on Nogosek. Nogosek worked 50.1 innings in the minors this year and was extremely effective. The problem with Nogosek was upon being called up to the Mets roster in late June, he gave up 4 runs in 4.2 innings. He was promptly sent down, gave up no earned runs in 7 innings, then called back up to the Mets, where he gave up another 4 runs in 2 innings.
If one looks beyond Nogosek’s major league performance, he had a great year! Sadly, he was not able to translate his good performance in the minors to major league success. He will look to serve next year as depth for the Mets in the minors, being called up in cases of injury. While not a fantastic piece within the system, Nogosek is still one of their better depth options in a farm that is bereft of bullpen arms.