Mets Call Up Smith and Kaczmarski, 51s Place Evans on DL

By Michael Mayer

June 21, 2018 No comments

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According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the New York Mets are selecting the contracts of outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski and right-handed reliever Drew Smith from the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s.

They will take the 25-man roster spots of right-handed pitchers Paul Sewald and Chris Flexen, both of whom the Mets announced were optioned to Triple-A earlier on Thursday.

Kaczmarski, 26, was hitting .363/.413/.450 for the 51s in 24 games this season after missing the start of the season with an injury.

The left-handed hitting outfielder has experience at all three spots though is a better fit defensively at a corner outfield spot. He was the Mets ninth round pick in the 2015 draft.

Smith, 24, has a 2.88 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 8.9 K.9 in 34.1 innings combined this year between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Vegas.

Smith has allowed only five home runs in 174 minor league innings and has a 2.02 ERA in that time.

The right-hander was acquired from the Rays last year in exchange for Lucas Duda. He was a third round pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2015.

Both Kaczmarski and Smith will have to be added to the Mets 40-man roster.

In other roster moves involving the Las Vegas 51s, Phillip Evans was placed on the 7-day DL while lefty reliever Buddy Baumann was activated from the DL and veteran righty Vance Worley was released.