Another lesser-known guy with some nice potential as a reliever, he fell off the radar after undergoing Tommy John Surgery after his 2013 and came back this past season and pitched for Columbia.
RHP Tyler Bashlor
R/R, 5’11”, 195 LBS, 4/16/1993 (23), Drafted 11th Round, 326th overall, 2013 Signed for $550,000
Drafted in 2013 in the 11th round and signed to an overslot bonus of 450,000 dollars over, Bashlor was a high upside arm that the Mets took a high risk in investing in. Unfortunately, after his first pro season where he pitched 13 games, Bashlor went down with Tommy John Surgery and was not able to come back until 2016.
When he came back, he was great, but wild, walking at a rate of 5 per 9 innings, but striking out 12 per 9 innings. He suppressed hits well at low-A, and was overall very effective in Low-A. However in a small stint at a higher level, Bashlor didn’t have the best performance, allowing three earned runs in 5.1 innings, but striking out five an inning.
Bashlor has a big arm, sitting in the mid-90’s in relief and bumping 98 miles per hour with a very live fastball. He has a good strong frame, but a violent delivery, leading him to remain in relief, though after two years of injury, I wouldn’t expect anything different.
Sweet, sweet tailing action in that quick fastball blown by Connor Spencer right there. In addition he has a pitch that looks like a slider, but has been described as a curve in an interview with Adam Rubin, as well as a changeup, but I don’t have much of a report on that yet.
Bashlor will likely get more time in St. Lucie to start this coming season, and a chance to prove he can be an effective reliever and worth the $550,000 he received from the Mets in 2013. He’ll be much older by the time he arrives, but maybe an effective arm in relief moving forward.
(Photo Credit Al Rabon)
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