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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mets sign a Lefty!

Welcome to Spring Training, Taylor Tankersley.

Too bad his career WHIP is 1.53 because his walk rate per 9 innings is over 5 for his career.

The Mets signed the 27 year old lefty reliever to a minor league deal after he was designated for assignment by the Marlins. He missed all of the 2009 season rehabbing from an elbow injury, and appeared in 27 games for the Marlins (12 innings) in 2010, had an ERA of 7.50, and a walk rate still over 5 (5.25 to be exact). He did pitch better in AAA earlier in the year (27 games, 26 1/3 innings, 2.7 W/9, and 3.42 ERA).

He is a two-pitch pitcher, with an 87 mph fastball, and a plus slider. However, the best part about Tankersley is his mustache. Sad, but true. Check it out here: http://thumbnails.truveo.com/0020/44/7D/447D7FAFB66E50B363D482_Large.jpg

Another low risk, but this one is probably low reward.

Is it Spring Training yet? I will be at the Mets 1st full spring training practice February 21st.

Let's Go Mets

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