The Mets are expected to make a slew of roster moves prior to tonight’s game due to returns of Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera off the disabled list, but the team made a bullpen move first. Left-handed reliever Josh Edgin has been sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas and the team has recalled left-hander Josh Smoker from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The 29-year old Edgin has made five appearances for the Mets out of the bullpen and posted a 9.82 ERA in 3.2 innings pitched. That inflated ERA can be attributed to Edgin giving up four runs in an inning of work against the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 17th. Edgin more likely than not will be back up with the big club before the end of the season.
The 27-year old Smoker is currently ranked as the Mets 28th best prospect by MLB.com and will be making his big league debut when he enters a game. Smoker has been described as being built like a Coke Machine for his sturdy build at 6’2 and 250 lbs. In 57 innings pitched at Las Vegas, Smoker has posted a 4.11 ERA to go along with 3 saves and 81 strikeouts. He has only walked 18 batters, and has been praised by many scouts for the velocity he brings to the mound. Smoker can reach the upper 90’s with his fastball, but comfortably sits in the mid 90’s with his repertoire. He will fit right in with the flamethrowers that the Mets currently have in their bullpen.