Josh Edgin’s Out Pitches

According to Toby Hyde, St. Lucie reliever Josh Edgin

has a pair of big league pitches, a fastball that’s been 93ish and touched 96 on occasion and a wipeout slider in the low 80s. He’s played around with adding a two-seam fastball and a changeup, but his fastball and slider are his meal tickets.

With those “meal ticket” pitches, he’s been feasting on opposing batters. Given the Mets need for a better bullpen, if Edgin continues to mystify batters with his fastball and slider, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him invited to Spring Training in 2012.

Josh Edgin Starring at Savannah

Josh Edgin, a left-handed relief pitcher for Savannah, has been one of the Mets best minor league pitchers this season. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 16 appearances, and now has 14 saves. His ERA is 0.96. Opposing batter are hitting .135 against him. This season’s performance isn’t a fluke. Last season, with Kingsport he had a 2.84 ERA.

In 2010 the Met drafted Edgin in the 30th round out of Francis Marion University. In the 2009 draft, Atlanta selected him in the 50th round. Fortunately for the Mets, Edgin didn’t sign with the Braves.

A Pennsylvania native, in his 2009 college season he won four, lost two, and had a 4.04 ERA. Eleven of his 16 appearances were starts. Opposing batters hit .234 against him. In his 2010 college season, his ERA was 4.07. He won six and lost four in 14 appearances: one was in relief. For some reason, batters did much better against him than in 2009, hitting .295.

In the 30th round of the 2011 draft, the Mets selected a high school left-handed pitcher, Jacob Hansen.