Mar 16, 2015

Former Mets Pitcher : Josh Stinson (2011)

Joshua Randall Stinson was born on March 14th, 1988 in Shreveport Louisiana. The big six foot four right hander was drafted by the New York Mets in the 37th round of the 2006 amateur draft. He struggled at Savannah in 2007 going 3-11 with a 4.86 ERA. He would bounce between there & A Ball St. Lucie the next two seasons. 

In 2010 he improved to 9-3 at AA Binghamton although his 4.34 ERA was still a bit high. He got pushed up to AAA Buffalo where he was 2-2 in four games with a 2.57 ERA. 

In 2011 he began the year at AA Binghamton going 4-3 with six saves in 27 games. He was moved up to AAA Buffalo back in a starting role going 3-7 with a 7.44 ERA.

Stinson got a September call up to the Mets and debuted on September 2nd against the Nationals in Washington. He pitched the final two innings of a 7-3 Mets win, giving up no runs on two hits with two strike outs. Two days later he was credited with his first of three hold on the year. On September 6th in Florida Stinson got his first career save. it came in Florida against the Marlins.

On the ten year anniversary of September 11th, the Mets had a touching ceremony remembering the tragic events in New York in a game at Citi Field. Many former players from the 2000 NL Champion Mets team were on hand that night & although the Mets came close to a comeback they could not pull of a win. Stinson came on to pitch in the 11th inning with the score tied 4-4 against the Chicago Cubs.

He allowed a walk, a single, an RBI single to Carlos Pena & another walk before being removed for Ryota Igarashi who gave up four more runs. Dale Thayer then came in & allowed another as the Mets lost it 10-6 with Stinson taking the loss. He would blow one more save & take another loss on September 20th. 

In 14 appearances he posted a 66.92 ERA going 0-2 with eight strike outs & seven walks in 13 innings of work.

In April of 2012 he was placed on waivers & picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers. He appeared in six games for them in relief with no record.

At the end of Spring Training 2013, Stinson was placed on waivers. He was picked up by the Baltimore Orioles a week later. He had a terrible outing on April 24th, giving up five runs in 5.2 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was back at AAA returning in September making 11 appearances posting a 3.18 ERA.

In 2014 he pitched mostly at AAA Norfolk going 5-5. He did pitch in eight games at the Major league level for the O's posting a 6.23 ERA in 13 innings pitched.

In his four year career he is 0-2 with two saves, posting a 4.41 ERA in 52 innings pitched in 39 games.

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