22-Year-Old Pitcher – New York Mets
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
After undergoing Tommy John surgery in late July, Szapucki may not return to game action until 2019. At that point he will be entering his age 22/23 season with just 29 innings under his belt at Low-A...
Szapucki will miss the remainder of the 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in New York on Thursday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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New York Mets Roster
MajorsBashlor, Tyler (P)
AAAAlonso, Peter (1B)
AACopeland, Scott (P)
A+Becerra, Wuilmer (OF)
RookieAlvarez, Francisco (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Szapucki was one of the top pop-up prospects in baseball last year, striking out more than 40 percent of the batters he faced across stops in the Appalachian League and the New York-Penn League. A run of three straight starts with double-digit strikeouts with short-season Brooklyn came to an end in mid-August when he was shut down with back stiffness -- an issue he has dealt with in the past. He operates with a mid-90s fastball with late arm-side run, a curveball with the best spin rate in the entire 2015 draft class that he can throw for strikes or use as a chase pitch, and a changeup that is still a work in progress. His low three-quarters delivery allows his pitches to explode on hitters and his left-handedness makes the whole package pretty unfair. There is no question he could be a lethal late-inning reliever, but the Mets will obviously continue to develop him as a starter. If he can prove himself to be durable and can improve his command, the repertoire and delivery would allow him to pitch atop a rotation.