Mar 20, 2016

2016 NL Champion Mets Reliever: Josh Edgin (2012-2016)

Joshua Wayne Edgin was born December 17th, 1986 in Lewistown Pennsylvania. Originally he was a wrestler winning the State Championship in wrestling in his junior year of high school. A torn labrum had him give that career up for baseball.

The six foot one, left handed middle reliever bats right handed. He attended Ohio State University pitching for the Buck Eyes originally as a starter but getting converted to a reliever. He was signed by the New York Mets in the 30th round of the 2010 amateur draft.

In 2012 he got an invite to Mets Spring Training when Tim Byrdak went down & he pitched well enough to impress. He quickly got up to the big leagues, after pitching at AA Binghamton, he debuted with the Mets on July 13th 2012 in Atlanta in a 7-5 loss to the Braves. He was greeted rudely by long time Mets nemesis Chipper Jones who homered off him & then Dan Uggla added a two run single spoiling the kids debut. On July 30th he would earned 9th inning victory over the San Francisco Giants. He would suffer two losses the rest of the way & finish up at 1-2 with five holds & 4.56 ERA in 34 appearances.

The next year he made the Opening Day roster but was quickly demoted at the end of April. His demotion was mostly due to the fact that the AAA Las Vegas 51s bullpen needed help. He returned to the Mets in June but then went on the DL with a stress fracture rib injury. Overall he made 34 appearances going 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA, twenty strike outs in 28 innings.

In 2014 he had his break through year, as the Mets top lefty out of the bullpen. Edgin had a 1.32 ERA with five holds and lefty batters hit .185 in 65 at-bats against him in 2014. On June 1st, he earned his only win of the season, coming in the 10th inning of a 3-3 tie with the Phillies at Philadelphia. He struck out all three batters he faced & benefited from Lucas Duda's two run HR. In August he had inflammation in his pitching elbow & by September was diagnosed with bone spurs.

With promise ahead for 2015 he got the bad news in Spring Training 2015 that he needed Tommy John surgery, he was done for the year. Much had changed in a year, as the Mets were now the reigning NL Champions. He reported to Spring Training early in 2016 in hopes to be an additional left hander in the Mets bullpen.

Quotes: Edgin said at Spring Training 2016 “It was a great, great summer for the Mets but a down summer for myself. Seeing the guys win, make the World Series, it was bittersweet. Bitter for me and sweet for them. I was happy and kind of upset at the same time.”

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