The New York Mets are expected to promote right-handed relief pitcher Kevin McGowan from Triple-A Las Vegas ahead of the club’s Sunday afternoon matchup against the rival Philadelphia Phillies, according to a Sunday morning report from Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Because the National League East ball club traded second baseman Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday evening, the Mets will not be forced to make a corresponding roster move on Sunday.
It is also worth noting that upon making his big league debut, McGowan will be sporting No. 61, a number that has not been worn in Flushing since Dana Eveland back in 2014.
The 25-year-old right-hander was originally selected by the Mets in the 13th round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Franklin Pierce. While managing to make his way through the Mets’ farm system en route to the “Big Apple,” the up-and-coming relief pitcher notably split the 2016 campaign between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas before remaining solely in the desert this time around.
Over the course of his 44 regular-season relief appearances and one start thus far in 2017, McGowan is currently sporting a 4.06 ERA alongside a nearly even 5-4 record. Amassing a total of 62 innings of work, he has also compiled 55 strikeouts against 24 walks to coincide with his four saves in eight chances. Although his ERA is slightly inflated at the moment, it is worth mentioning that Triple-A Las Vegas plays its games in the very hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
For his minor league career as a whole, McGowan is the owner of a 3.90 ERA across 433.2 innings of work in all.