Updated on August 26, 2019: Since Ryley Gilliam has been promoted to the Syracuse Mets in June, the relief pitcher has run into some troubles as well as the Injured List since July 10th.
He’s only been able to get in 9.1 innings of work in Triple-A Syracuse however the righty owns a 5-0 win/loss record but owns an atrocious ERA of 6.05, a 1.55 WHIP, as well as striking out 56 batters in 38.1 innings pitched throughout three different levels, starting at St. Lucie and finishing up with the Syracuse.
Once Gilliam gets a grip on his control issues in the higher levels, he’ll play a decent role in the New York Mets’ bullpen, that’s if his incredible strikeout rate translates into the bigs.
The 22 year old right hander from Marietta, Georgia was drafted by the Mets in the 5th round of the 2018 June Amateur Draft out of Clemson University. The 5’10” collegiate closer pitched for the Brooklyn Cyclones that same year and appeared in 17 games, pitching 17.1 innings and striking out 31 with a 2.08 ERA and 1.38 WHIP and 5 saves.
Gilliam started out this season (2019) with High-A Port St Lucie of the Florida State League and was promoted to Double-A after pitching 10.2 innings and striking out 16 with a 2.53 ERA and 0.93 WHIP and 2 saves in 7 games.
Since the promotion to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Gilliam has appeared in 3 games, pitching 4 innings and striking out 7 out of the 17 batters he’s faced. He currently has a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 whip in Double-A.
His fastball clocks in at about 96 MPH and has a plus curveball that registers in the upper 70’s. While the right-hander does prefer to work quick, his “funky” delivery may be the cause to his higher than liked WHIP as he averaged 6.8 walks per 9 innings with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2018.
He’ll continue to work on his mechanics and likely improve his walk rate as the season goes on. If all goes as planned, the Mets might continue to push him up the ranks to Triple -A towards the end of the campaign while MLB.com predicts his debut will come in 2020.
Sources: MLB.com & Baseball-Reference.com
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