Apr 15, 2019

Mets Relief Pitcher: Tyler Bashlor (2018-2019)

Tyler Morris Bashlor was born on April 16th 1993 in Springfield Georgia. The six foot right hander was drafted by the New York Mets in the 11th round of the 2013 draft. He attended South Georgia College, where he was a third baseman. 

After a friend called and said the Futures League in Connecticut needed a closer, he displayed his fastball, impressed & went back to college becoming a pitcher. The Mets chose him while still in college, he soon started out pitching for the A ball Kingsport Mets.

In 2014 he underwent Tommy John surgery missing that year & the next season as well. In 2016 he played for A ball St. Lucie then got promoted to AA Binghamton going 3-2 with a 3.44 ERA. 

In 2017 he had 10 saves while finishing 25 games at St. Lucie then was brought back up to AA Binghamton where he did not allow any runs in 12 games (14.2 innings) notching two  more saves. He puts up big strike out numbers with a fastball in the mid nineties, with 84 Ks in just 49.2 innings between the two teams in 2017.

Big Leagues: In 2018 he began the year at Binghamton going 0-3 with 30 Ks in 24 innings, posting a 2.63 ERA. The Mets brought him up to help an ailing bullpen, making his debut on June 25th in a game at Citi Field against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He allowed two runs including a HR in two innings pitched. 

He remained with the Mets all season, taking his first losing decision on August 5th, a 10th inning loss to the Atlanta Braves, as Nick Markakis hit the game winning HR.  

On August 20th, he took another extra inning loss, this time in the 13th, as a sloppy Mets inning including two errors, a walk & a wild pitch accounted for the game winning run against the SF Giants. 

He would finish the year 0-3 making 24 appearances for the Mets, his strikeout numbers declined at the MLB level, as he struck out 25 in 32 innings of work, while walking 12 & posting a 4.22 ERA.

In Spring Training 2019, Bashlor was fighting for a bullpen spot in a crowded pen.

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