The Mets promoted 25-year-old RHP Kevin McGowan to replace 2B Neil Walker, who was traded to the Brewers this past weekend.
In 43 relief appearances in Triple-A Las Vegas this season, McGowan had a team-leading 3.94 ERA, while striking out 55 batters in 62 innings.
"Nothing can really describe it," McGowan said, when first speaking to reporters before Sunday's game against the Phillies. "It hasn't sunk in really."
McGowan was drafted by the Mets in the 13th round during 2013 and started his professional career with Single-A Brooklyn. He was used exclusively as a starting pitcher during his first two professional seasons before being moved to the bullpen in 2016.
According to Wayne Randazzo of WOR 710 AM, the Mets had considered promoting him at various other times during this season.
Last year, McGowan split time between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, while making one appearance at Triple-A, during which he posted a 2.35 ERA in 42 games.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): He's clearly a relief pitcher. He throws strikes, has good command, he's durable and smart, and uses mostly a fastball and change up. I don't see him as a dominant, back-end guy, but I think he's a useful, mid-bullpen arm that can be very effective in the right spot.
His fastball sits in the mid 90's, but he can reach the upper 90's when needed. I'm told his slider is the best it has been, but it's still below average and in need of improvement. It's good enough to use when mixed with his change up, though. That said, his bread and butter is getting controlling at bats, painting the corners and getting weak contact from the opposition. To do this, he obviously has a lot of faith in his 'stuff,' evident from limiting base runners in Las Vegas, where it's easy to sneak a hit.
I'm glad he's finally getting a shot to show what he can do for the big-league team. He's going to have to compete for time with Chasen Bradford and Paul Sewald, but there's nothing wrong with a little intense competition for playing time among these young arms.