The Mets have claimed pitcher Stephen Gonsalves off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, the team announced on Monday.
Gonsalves, 25, was a highly-touted prospect as recently as 2018, when he entered the season as MLB's ninth-ranked left-handed pitching prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com. He was also named the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2016.
He excelled in the Twins' farm system in 2018, going 12-3 with a 2.76 ERA between both Double-A and Triple-A. He made 23 appearances (22 starts) and struck out 120 batters with 65 walks over 120 2/3 innings before earning his first promotion to the big leagues in August.
He struggled with his control at the major league level, walking 22 batters in 24 2/3 innings with the Twins in 2018 and recording just 16 strikeouts.
Gonsalves took a step back in 2019, however, failing to make the Twins' Opening Day roster and missing the majority of the season with an elbow strain. He threw 11 innings while rehabbing in Rookie league and Double-A and made just one two-inning appearance at the Triple-A level and was placed on waivers by the Twins over the weekend.
If Gonsalves can prove he is back at 100 percent -- which he will likely have to do in Triple-A to start 2020 -- he could prove as an interesting depth piece on the Mets' pitching staff, be it either as a starter or reliever.