Could Mets Fill Starting Pitching Void with the Likes of Julio Teheran?

With the New York Mets looking for starting pitching, could that arm come from the independent baseball ranks?

Julio Teheran has spun a 1-1 record with 1.60 ERA in six games with the expansion Staten Island Ferryawks of the Atlantic League. Sure, some might say it is just independent ball, but there seems to be some interest in Teheran.

The New York Post’s Jon Heyman Tweeted that many teams have been scouting the right-handed Teheran, who last appeared on a major league bump for Detroit in 2021, going 1-0 with 1.80 ERA in five innings of work before a right shoulder strain sidelined him.

Julio Teheran looking good with the Staten Island Ferryhawks.

The 31-year-old six-foot-2, 205-pounder has complied a 78-77 record with a 3.80 ERA in 240 games across 11 MLB campaigns.

Sure, Teheran make take some time before he is truly major league ready. But it cannot hurt to test the waters for now. Especially with Max Scherzer (out six to eight weeks with a moderate to high-grade oblique strain), Jacob deGrom (60-day IL) and Tylor Megill (15-day injured list) all sidelined.

There are not any major league ready pitchers in New York’s farm system to step right in and filled the void. So, it may be worth a shot. If not them, I am sure someone will give him an opportunity.

Hey, it is just a thought.

— Jerry Del Priore


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