Corey Oswalt: Mets Pitcher (2018-2020)

Corey Edward Oswalt was born September 3rd 1993 in San Diego, California. The six foot, five, right hander, began his career as an infielder. By the time he committed to play at UC Santa Barbara he was a pitcher. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 7th round of the 2012 draft.

He spent two seasons with the Kingsport Mets, making it to Brooklyn by 2014, going 6-2 with a 2.26 ERA for the Cyclones behind Marcos Molina as the teams top two pitchers. This team also included Michael Conforto & Amed Rosario.

Oswalt continued to pile on the wins, going 11-5 with the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2015, then 4-2 with St. Lucie & the Gulf Coast Mets but had an ERA of 4.22. 

In 2016 he was promoted to AA Binghamton, going 12-5 with a good 2.28 ERA in 24 starts. At the end of the season the Mets added him to their 40 man roster.

He made his MLB debut on April 25th, finishing off a 9-1 loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis. He was in AAA Las Vegas until the end of June when he was brought back up to the big league staff again. 

He was placed in the rotation, making his first start on June 29th as Jacob deGrom was scratched. He lasted just 2.2 innings giving up six runs to the Miami Marlins. After suffering a loss to the Phillies on July 9th, he notched his first career victory on July 25th. In five innings he allowed two runs on three hits with four strikeouts against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

He made two more starts, allowing three runs each time, earning no decisions. On August 16th, in the first game of a double header at Philadelphia, he pitched six innings, allowing four runs but the Mets exploded for 24 runs that day earning him a win. He went back into the bullpen, earning a victory right away on August 21 against the SF Giants at Citi Field.

After three relief appearances, he was back in the rotation in September, taking a loss with three no decisions. On the 2018 season he was 3-3 with 45 strike outs & 20 walks in 64 innings of work, posting a 5.85 ERA in 17 games (12 starts).

In 2019 he  was with the Mets for just two games, allowing nine runs on nine hits 6.2 innings pitched. 

He then spent the rest of the year (thru August) at AAA Syracuse, getting named the IL Pitcher of the Week twice, leading the Chiefs with ten wins, going 10-3 with a 2.88 ERA. He led the team in starts (15) innings (810 & was second in strike outs (74).

In the Covid-19 shortened 2020 season, he made four appearance & gave up seven earned runs in 13 innings.


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