The New York Mets have had a constant amount of injuries in the 2017 season. It is one of the main reasons why they are one of the worst teams in the MLB. What this does for them is take a look at young players who can contribute in 2018.
Starting pitcher Chris Flexen is starting to become one of those guys who can make a solid impact next season. He started the season out in High-A St. Luice. Flexen pitched in three games there and recorded a 2.13 ERA. He pitched 12.2 innings and walked three batters and struck out 13.
Flexen then went to Double-A Binghamton. He pitched in seven games and his record was 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA. In 48.2 innings, he only walked 7 batters and struck out 50. Because of how solid Flexen was in Double-A, the Mets felt like he was ready to pitch in the MLB. Flexen is currently the Mets #16 ranked prospect, according to MLB.com
He made his debut against the San Diego Padres and lost. Flexen didn’t get past the third inning in that game and he didn’t get past the third inning in the next game against the Colorado Rockies. He has grown so much ever since. Flexen has been improving in every start. He is mentally strong and that is what you need in a pitcher. He’s getting better at getting out of jams.
In six starts, his record is 3-2 with a 5.79 ERA. In 28 innings, he has walked 20 batters and struck out 19. Having more walks than strikeouts is obviously a concern, but Flexen will work on that. With Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler being shut down for the season, Flexen can take advantage of this and prove why he could be the fourth or fifth starter next season.
Matz always seems to get hurt and so does Wheeler. Flexen will probably make five to six more starts this season. If he continues to improve, it could force the Mets to trade either Steven Matz or Zack Wheeler. Flexen is the Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo of last season, but Flexen has more potential with his fastball, changeup, and curveball.