Tyler Bashlor RHP
Throws: R Ht: 6’0 Wt: 197 lbs Age: 24 (DOB 4/16/93)
Yesterday, we kicked off the Mets Prospect of the Day series with an older, hard-throwing righthanded reliever. Let’s make it a double with Tyler Bashlor. Why should Tyler Bashlor interest you? How’s this stat line from 2017 for you?
49 innings. 84 strikeouts.
Bashlor has been Mets property since he was drafted out of South Georgia State College in the 11th round of the 2013 amateur draft. He would soon miss the next few years having Tommy John surgery and enduring the long recovery process. Since getting back on the mound post-TJS, Bashlor has been turning heads with a blazing fastball, that he could run up to 98 MPH. He pairs it with an improved curveball that he has tightened up successfully from the slurvy slider he threw coming out of the draft.
The key for Bashlor is going to be his control/command profile. In A+ last season, Bashlor walked an unsightly 5.4 batters per 9 innings. However, after being promoted to AA Binghamton to assist with the Rumble Ponies playoff push, Bashlor seemingly found the strike zone more consistently than ever in his pro career. He walked only 4 batters in 14 innings in the Eastern League, enjoying brief success at the end of last season.
Bashlor will most likely start the 2018 season pitching alongside the previously referenced Adonis Uceta in what has the potential to be a lights out Rumble Ponies back end of the bullpen. Recently added to the 40 man roster this past fall, Bashlor and Uceta both will have a chance to show they are ready to join Mickey Callaway’s bullpen in the near future. First, they most show enough command of their huge fastballs to consistently get hitters out in the upper minors.