With MLB playing just 60 games this season, it’s still unlikely a team will go through the year with the same starting five rotation.
For the New York Mets, with back stiffness sidelining two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, they have pitching prospect and former Brooklyn Cyclone David Peterson waiting in the wings if deGrom fails to return by opening day.
Peterson, the Mets No. 10 overall minor leaguer on MLB.com, tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in an intrasquad game on Wednesday, fanning starting outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto.
If there is an injury to one of their starters, Peterson, New York’s 2017 first round MLB draft pick, could likely see some mound action during the year.
“I ‘m ready when that call comes in,” Peterson said on Mets.com.
Peterson struggled for the first three months of last year with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies but finished strong with a 3-6 record and a 4.19 ERA in 116 innings of work in 24 games.
According to team reports, Peterson started to employ his slider more in games and has increased his velocity from 90 mph to 91-93 mph.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Univeristy of Oregon product posted a 2.45 ERA in 3 2/3 frames in three contests with the Cyclones in the ’17 campaign, his first year of professional ball.
— Jerry Del Priore