There wasn’t much of a debate over who deserved this award. Corey Oswalt and his 2.28 ERA was the best starting pitcher in the Mets farm system this year.
Oswalt is a big pitcher at 6’5″ and weighs 250 pounds out of Madison High School in San Diego. He was a seventh round pick in 2012 signed for $475,000, which was about $328,000 over the slot.
Prior to this season, Oswalt never really set himself apart from other lower level Mets pitching prospects. He faired well in Brooklyn and Columbia but never had the level and longevity success that he had this season.
His 2.28 ERA for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies was tops in the Eastern League and his 134.1 innings where a career-high. The stocky righty spent the whole season there and should be ready for Las Vegas starting in 2018.
One of the reasons Oswalt is so successful is his ability to keep the ball in the park. His HR/9 this year was 0.60, sixth best among starters in the league, and that was actually the highest in his career
Oswalt throws a fairly strong fastball that can reach 95-96 MPH but sits mostly 91-93. He also features a curveball, changeup, and slider. He has a strong enough repertoire to feature as a starter but his command will decide his future role in the organization. Until he proves otherwise, I think the Mets should keep him as a starting pitcher.
Oswalt was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year and earlier this week was chosen as the Mets Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year.
The Mets have a decision to make on Oswalt about whether or not they should add him to the 40-man roster this offseason to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. In our post-trades prospect rankings, we had Oswalt at No. 14 in the Mets top 30.