Seattle is adding a power arm to the bullpen, calling up right-hander Stephen Pryor after the 2010 fifth-round pick posted a 0.64 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 28 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.
Pryor was similarly dominant in his first two pro seasons as well and arrives in the majors with a 2.87 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 113 innings as a minor leaguer, although his control is a big question mark after he walked 4.6 batters per nine frames.
Pryor works in the mid-90s with his fastball and has been clocked in the triple-digits at times, so if he can improve his control from terrible to merely bad he might have a future as the Mariners’ closer.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.