Josh Edgin: 2016 NL Champion Mets Reliever (2012 - 2017)

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. 

In 2009 he was offered a deal by the Atlanta Braves but did not sign. In 2010 he was selected by the New York Mets, in the 30th round.

In 2012 he got an invite to Mets Spring Training when Tim Byrdak went down. After pitching at AA Binghamton, Edgin pitched well enough to impress & quickly got up to the big leagues. 

MLB Career: Edgin debuted with the Mets on July 13th, 2012, in Atlanta in a 7-5 loss to the Braves. He was greeted by long time Mets nemesis Chipper Jones, who hit a HR off him. Dan Uggla then added a two-run single spoiling Josh's debut.

On July 30th he would earn a 9th inning victory over the San Francisco Giants. 

Edgin then took two losses the rest of the way. On September 19th at Citi Field, he blew a one run lead against the Phillies when Ryan Howard hit a two-run 9th inning HR. 

The next day Howard hit a grand slam off him in a Mets nightmare 16-1 loss. Edgin finished up 2012 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.

2014: This season he had his breakthrough 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.

2015 NL Pennant Season: With promise ahead for 2015 he got the bad news in Spring Training that he needed Tommy John surgery. Edgin was done for the year as the Mets went on to win the NL Penannt.

2016: After the pennant season, much had changed in the year Edgin was out. He reported to Spring Training early in 2016 in hopes to be an additional left hander in the Mets bullpen.

Quotes-Josh Edgin:(Spring Training 2016) “It was a great, great summer for the Mets but a down summer for me. 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.”

Edgin finally got back to the big leagues on August 3rd, making a brief appearance in that year's subway series matchup. On August 17th he served up a three run HR to the Diamondbacks, Yasmany Tomas in the 13-5 Met loss in Arizona.

He saw some late season middle & late inning relief, mostly in games where the Mets were behind or ahead big. He served one of the Mets situational left handers. 

On September 17th, he earned a win, pitching the 12th inning of 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Overall, he made 16 appearances, striking out 11 while walking six in 10.1 innings of work.

2017: Edgin would see action in 46 games, earning one losing decision which came on April 14th when J.T. Realmuto hit a walk off HR off him in South Florida for the Marlins.

Edgin would post a 3.65 ERA with four holds but get designated for assignment at the end of July. In October he was granted free agency.

Career Stats: In a four-year career he is 3-4 with one save, 89 strike outs 34 walks & 3.42 ERA in 92 innings with 131 appearances.

Family: Josh & his wife Cari Ellen, together they have three children.

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