Josh Edgin pitched two scoreless innings in Saturday night’s win against the Padres, slowly and quietly becoming a key member of the Mets bullpen. He will be tested over the next couple of weeks; with Tim Byrdak on the disabled list, Edgin is the lone lefty in the pen.
After a rough start in which he gave up three runs in his first three major league appearances, Edgin has not allowed any more runs and has a 2.25 ERA. In 12 innings he has 19 strikeouts and just four walks.
He did blow a save opportunity last week in San Francisco, but the Mets came back to give him the first win of his career.
Edgin has basically come out of nowhere — he was a 30th round draft choice in 2010, and after making a quick rise through the Mets minor league system, he’s in the majors just two years later. Unlike many failed starters, Edgin was exclusively a reliever in the minors, pitching to a 2.38 ERA with 167 strikeouts in 144 innings. He also had 33 saves.
If there is any knock on him, it appears Edgin may only develop into a lefty specialist. Left handed batters are hitting just .115 against him in 26 at bats, with 13 strikeouts and no walks. In 20 at bats righties are hitting .300, with six strikeouts and four walks.
It is obviously very early in Edgin’s career, but it would be nice if he could break out of that lefty-only tag and embrace a larger role, perhaps even being the closer someday.