Mets minor league reliever Zack Thornton has been named the Venezuelan Winter League's Setup Pitcher of The Year, his team announced earlier this month (Jan. 2, 2016).
Thornton, 27, had a 4.02 ERA in 17 games, during which he let up 12 hits and walked eight batters in 15 innings, for Navegantes del Magallanes.
He was 4-4 with a 3.94 ERA for Triple-A Las Vegas last season, while striking out 55 batters in 61.2 innings.
Thornton was acquired in 2014 in a deal with the Pirates in exchange for Ike Davis.
He's a ground-ball guy with a strong sinker, a weird delivery, good control, and he can pitch to both lefties and righties.
His name will come up in spring training, no doubt, though I don't think he'll crack the opening day roster because he is not on the 40-man roster. Instead, he could be a mid-year replacement and someone to keep an eye on if injuries strike or people flame out in the big-league bullpen.