Drew Gagnon has seen some success as a starting pitching in the minors for the Mets. In 18 starts for Syracuse in 2019, Gagnon put up a 2.33 ERA and a 4.24 strikeout to walk ratio. However, the big-league Mets used Gagnon as a relief pitcher almost exclusively in 2019, and the results were not always so kind.
Gagnon’s season began on April 16 with a spot start where he gave up five earned runs in five and a third innings. From there, Gagnon fell into a bit of a groove, going seven appearances without giving up an earned run, with only one walk in those eight and two-thirds innings. However, a three-run inning and a loss against the Tigers broke that streak, and Gagnon wouldn’t be the same after it.
Gagnon was optioned to the Syracuse on June 18th after another rough appearance the day before, giving up four earned runs and five hits against the Braves. The Mets would go on to lose that game 12-3.
Gagnon returned to the majors on August 13, and over the rest of the season he had two scoreless appearances, along with another disastrous appearance against the Braves, in which he gave up five earned runs in an inning and two thirds.
Gagnon is out of options with the Mets, and doesn’t seem likely to be a lock to make the bullpen on Opening Day. Clearly, Gagnon has some value as a depth piece, but given the plans to rework the bullpen this off-season, he may not get another chance to pitch in the majors in blue and orange.