As the Mets have churned through roster spots recently, the team designated Tim Peterson and Paul Sewald for assignment, but both pitchers have cleared waivers and have been outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse.
In just 6.1 major league innings so far this year, Peterson has a 2.84 ERA despite having walked six batters and struck out just three. He had a 6.18 ERA out of the Mets’ bullpen in 27.2 major league innings last year, though his strikeout and walk rates were decent while he struggled with allowing home runs in those innings.
Sewald has far more major league experience, but he’s coming off a disappointing 2018 season that saw him rack up a 6.07 ERA and 4.23 FIP in 56.1 innings with the Mets. In seven major league innings this year, he has a 3.86 ERA but also a 5.10 FIP thanks to a low strikeout rate thus far.
Both pitchers figure to serve as depth options for the major league bullpen, which still has Justin Wilson and Seth Lugo on the injured list. Since they’ve been removed from the 40-man roster, their paths back might be a bit longer than some of their peers, but the fringe players on that roster shouldn’t block them if either one looks particularly impressive in Syracuse.