The Mets are reportedly in settlement with right-hander Andre Scrubb on a minor league deal, per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. It’s not but clear if the deal contains an invitation to massive league spring coaching.
Scrubb, 29 subsequent month, was an eighth-round decide by the Dodgers within the 2016 draft. After being traded to the Astros again in 2019 in change for first baseman Tyler White, Scrubb made his massive league debut with Houston in the course of the shortened 2020 marketing campaign. He appeared in 20 of the membership’s 60 contests that season, dominating to a glowing 1.90 ERA in 23 2/3 innings of labor. Below the hood, nevertheless, Scrubb’s efficiency was far much less spectacular as a consequence of struggles with management, as evidenced by a whopping 19.6% stroll fee that contributed to a pedestrian 4.25 FIP. These management points didn’t cease the then-25-year-old righty from contributing to Houston’s run to the ALCS that season, nevertheless, as he posted a 2.25 ERA with seven strikeouts in opposition to two walks in 4 innings of labor.
Scrubb’s outcomes got here crashing again to Earth in 2021. The precise-hander struggled badly in 18 appearances with the massive league membership that season, posting a 5.03 ERA and 6.48 FIP as his management issues led not solely to a stroll fee of 16.3% but additionally a whopping 5 residence runs allowed in simply 19 2/3 innings of labor. Scrubb’s appearances on the Triple-A stage went higher, as he posted a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings of labor, however the management points lingered till Scrubb went down with a shoulder pressure in July. The righty was outrighted off Houston’s 40-man roster following the 2021 season and missed nearly the whole thing of the 2022 marketing campaign as a consequence of harm.
Most just lately, Scrubb pitched in unbiased ball in the course of the 2023 season, posting a dominant 1.52 ERA in 29 2/3 innings of labor with the Atlantic League. Scrubb seemingly had command points underneath management throughout his time with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, as he walked simply 8.3% of batters confronted throughout that point whereas posting a 30% strikeout fee. Going ahead, Scrubb figures to offer the Mets with a high-octane arm who can act as minor league depth coming into 2024. If his management has certainly improved since his time in Houston, it’s simple to see how Scrubb might break right into a bullpen that at the moment figures to characteristic arms like Phil Bickford, Jose Butto and Sean Reid-Foley.