Meet the Mets: Erik Goeddel

With Jenrry Mejia on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, Mets minor leaguer Erik Goeddel finds himself on the big league club with a chance to showcase his talent. Find out all about New York's young pitcher and what he brings to the table.

The New York Mets have called-up right-hander Erik Goeddel from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Mets placed closer Jenrry Mejia on the 15-day disabled list after finding out Tuesday that he does not have any structural damage in his elbow.

Goeddel, who is already on the team’s 40-man roster, will fill the void in the Mets eight-man bullpen.

Goeddel relies heavily on his fastball that has an average velocity of 93.5 miles per hour.

In spring training, he was able to keep his walk total low and retain a decent ERA of 3.86. However, he gave up 12 hits and five earned runs in 11.2 innings.

Although his 5.37 ERA was far from impressive last season in Triple-A, his numbers were a lot stronger in his short time in the major leagues. Goeddel earned a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 innings late last year.

He pitched two games against division rival Washington Nationals. In his Citi Field debut, he threw for a little over an inning allowing no hits and no runs, while giving up one walk and picking up a strikeout.

In 2011, Goeddel began with Single-A Savannah. As he made his way to Triple-A, his numbers continued to be inconsistent. He allows too many base runners and loses control of his pitches too often.

However, one area that Goeddel has improved on is his increasing strikeout total. If he can cut down on walks he could be an asset to the Mets pen.

Regardless of how well Goeddel throws, the 26-year-old will not be in the majors for long.

The Mets are awaiting the return of more injured relievers than just Mejia.

Last year’s closer Bobby Parnell will be coming back in the next few weeks from Tommy John surgery. Right-hander Vic Black is also expected to return soon after experiencing shoulder soreness.

Black will most likely be the first to return, which would surely send Goeddel back to the minors.

The organization also has a lot of options in their farm system in case Goeddel does not prove himself before the return of the injured veterans.

Right-hander Zack Thornton made a statement this spring earning a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings. The difference is, Thornton is not on the 40-man roster, which could play a role in the team’s decision-making.

Once Black, Parnell and Mejia return, there will be an overload of pitchers in the Mets bullpen, which means a lot less spots for players like Goeddel.


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