Tyler Bashlor: Mets Relief Pitcher (2018-2020)
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.
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.
2019: In Spring Training 2019, Bashlor was fighting for a bullpen spot in a crowded pen. He would start the year at AAA, then make trips back & forth there to the big leagues.
Bashlor joined the Mets on May 5th, finishing off a 3-2 loss at Milwaukee. In his next outing on May 8th, he gave up a 7th inning HR to Hunter Renfore, earning a loss to the Padres in San Diego.
At the end of May he suffered two blown saves in back to back games with the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. If that wasn't bad enough, on May 27th, he served up three runs on three hits to the Dodgers in the 6th inning, taking another loss in LA. Four days later, he took an extra inning loss at Arizona. As he fell to 0-3 he was sent back down to AAA.
He returned at the end of July & earned a hold, but was sent back down on August 2nd. He then returned for September, making six appearances. In 24 appearances he was 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA, striking out 20 & walking 17 in 32 innings of work.