The 27-year-old pitcher was the Brewers 2011 third round draft pick out of California State University Long Beach. He was traded almost a year to the day to the Angels as part of a trade that netted the Brewers catcher Jett Bandy.
Last year, Gagnon made 10 starts and 21 relief appearances. Overall, he was 1-1 with a 6.25 ERA, 1.552 WHIP, 4.1 BB/9, and an 8.7 K/9.
After the regular season, Gagnon was assigned to Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter Leagues, and he would pitch much better. In Winter League play, Gagnon made five starts and two relief appearances going 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.360 WHIP, and a 9.1 K/9.
According to Brooks Baseball, Gagnon is a four pitch pitcher throwing a 93 MPH fastball with a change, slider, and curve. Overall, none of his pitches are outstanding, and he mostly relies upon control to get batters out. As we have seen with Mets prospects like Ricky Knapp and Matthew Bowman the past few seasons, pitchers with this type of profile typically struggle in the Pacific Coast League, and judging from the stats, Gagnon was no exception.
Assuming Gagnon does not crack the Opening Day roster this Spring, he will be competing for a rotation spot on a Triple-A pitching staff that may very well contain Corey Oswalt, Mickey Jannis, Chris Flexen, and P.J. Conlon.