Mets RH reliever Gerson Bautista, who was called up from Double-A Binghamton, told reporters at Citi Field on Tuesday that his promotion is a "dream come true."
Bautista said he received a phone call at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning informing him that he was called up. He admitted it came earlier than expected.
To make room for Bautista, the Mets optioned RH reliever Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas. Bautista will wear No. 46 and be available for Tuesday night's game against the Nationals at Citi Field. Bautista's first appearance will be his big league debut.
Bautista will wear No. 46 and be available for Tuesday night's game against the Nationals at Citi Field. Bautista's first appearance will be his big league debut.
The 22-year-old Bautista, who was acquired from the Red Sox last season as part of the Addison Reed trade -- has thrown 5.0 scoreless innings while allowing two hits, walking none, and striking out 11 in three games this season for Double-A.
Bautista has struck out 193 batters in 213 career minor league innings, while posting a 2.58 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.
Robles, who began the season with Las Vegas, has allowed three runs (on three solo homers) in eight games for the Mets this season.
Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | I saw Bautista pitch when I was down in Port St. Lucie for Spring Training back at the end of February, and I was impressed. So impressed I literally texted Danny (yes, the same Danny below) about it. Fairly certain that one of those texts included how we need to see him in the majors this season, and I must say, I am liking the fact that it is for Robles.
Robles has always been an issue. I'm not just talking about his pointing, but you never know what you're going to get with him. Well, you do know that you'll always get a form of agita from watching him pitch/point/blow leads. No, Monday night's loss was not his fault, but he didn't help the situation.
Robles started the season in the minors. And honestly, I would have been okay if he stayed there. I am okay with this move, and I am excited to see Bautista pitch in the majors. A 100 mph fastball? Bring it on. He does have some control issues, but as we saw in Monday night's game, so do others in the bullpen.
Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |
Of all the relief arms the Mets traded for last season while unloading the majority of their veterans, Bautista has the highest ceiling, the best stuff, and is the most exciting. He could be here for one game or the rest of the season -- it all depends on whether he can harness his control. If he does, look out.
The Mets going for Bautista backs up what Mickey Callaway said in Spring Training about going with their best options. Bautista -- who hadn't pitched above High-A ball prior to this season -- is pitching lights-out right now, and could be a real jolt for the bullpen. The Mets are taking a shot here with a still-raw arm, and it's the kind of shot that winning teams take.