Tyler Bashlor was outstanding in his late season call-up to the Rumble Ponies, posting a 0.75 E.R.A. in 14.2 innings over his 12 appearances, while striking out 23 batters. Bashlor, an 11th round draft pick out of South Georgia State in 2013, has been a strikeout machine throughout his minor league career, striking out 175 in 121 innings. Bashlor consistently hit 96-98 mph while at Binghamton, displaying excellent control and a tatoo-laden forearm.
The hard-throwing right hander had Tommy John surgery in May of 2014, then suffered from some scar issues the following season, so he did not return to the mound until the start of the 2016 season. Since then he has tried to make up for the two years he lost, rising rapidly from Columbia to St. Lucie to Binghamton.
Bashlor started his career as an outfielder at South Georgia State and only pitched one season; the Mets liked his live arm and paid him a $550,000 signing bonus in 2013, which was way above slot for an 11th round pick. In paying Bashlor a large bonus, the Mets continued their pattern of drafting players with live arms who were relative newcomers to the mound; both Jacob degrom and Corey Oswalt were primarily position players before the Mets drafted them.
On November 20th the Mets put Bashlor on its 40-man roster, so he would not be eligible to be selected by another team in next week’s Rule 5 draft. With the Mets focusing on improving its bullpen in 2018, Bashlor is one of many hard throwers in the organization that will be watched closely next year. His early career elbow problems have prevented him from being mentioned on prospect lists for the Mets, but his outstanding 2017 season should have him cracking the top 30 list by next spring.