Now that the 2018 season is over for the New York Mets, we have been looking back at the year that was. After taking a more general view of the offense, pitching, and coaching staff, it’s time to take a look back at the Mets’ players. This series will take a look at every player on the roster for the Mets at the end of season from B (Tyler Bashlor) to Z (Daniel Zamora). The review will look at their season statistics, stories, and what role (if any) they will have next season. We conclude the series today with a look at relief pitcher Daniel Zamora.
Player Review: Daniel Zamora
Minor Leagues: 40 Appearances, 1 Start, 51.2 Innings Pitched, 1-1 Won-Loss Record, 3.48 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 2 Saves, 69:16 K/BB Ratio, .197 Batting Average Against
Major Leagues: 16 Appearances, 9.0 Innings Pitched, 1-0 Won-Loss Record, 3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 5 Holds, 16:3 K/BB Ratio, .194 Batting Average Against
Story: After beginning his career in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization, lefty Daniel Zamora was traded to the New York Mets in exchange for Josh Smoker. Zamora was assigned to AA Binghamton to start the 2018 season, where he pitched very well and caught the attention of the Mets. With the bullpen in need of a fresh arm, the Mets promoted Zamora directly to the major leagues on August 17th and he managed to stick for the rest of the season. Zamora was a pleasant surprise for the Mets, holding lefties to a .222 batting average against him and showing potential as a lefty specialist in the future.
Zamora came out of nowhere to become a dependable bullpen piece for the Mets at the end of the season, and that is noteworthy in a year where most of the team’s relievers were a mess.
Contract Status: Pre-Arbitration Eligible
Odds of Returning: 100%
2019 Role: Lefty Specialist
Jerry Blevins is now a free agent, so Zamora is the only lefty in the Mets’ bullpen at the moment. Zamora could be the Mets’ main lefty out of the bullpen, but they are expected to try and find another to help share some of the workload. The good news for Zamora is that his unique skillset should give him a leg up on other young relievers, like Drew Smith or Tyler Bashlor, in terms of making the Opening Day roster.
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