Nearing the point of no return, the Mets could bring up righty Dillon Gee and give him a try at the big league level when rosters expand in September.
Gee is 13-7 with a 4.87 ERA, but at just 6’1 he is a strikeout machine with 150 punch-outs in 150 1/3 innings pitched. On August 19, Gee broke the Buffalo Bisons modern era single-season mark for strikeouts when he notched his 138th strikeout of the season. He’s rebounded nicely from shoulder surgery, but he’s far from unhittable.
He’s given up more than a hit per inning this season (161) and in a post last week to MMiLB, Toby Hyde wrote:
“Despite a sparkling 4.2 K/BB, I cannot make an argument based on Gee’s stats that he’s ready to be an asset to the Major League team… I read the numbers as suggesting that when batters do make contact against Gee, they’re hitting it harder relatively than they do against the average International League pitcher… I think we’ll see that in September, but I’m not convinced it’s going to go well.”
Then there is Brad Holt, the once-touted first round pick of the Mets back in 2008. Currently in AA-Binghamton, Holt is 1-5 with a 10.20 ERA and 23 walks in 30 innings. Suffice to say he’s been wild and he won’t get a chance to straighten out his stuff with the Mets in September, despite being projected to arrive at the Majors this season when he was originally drafted.