TYLER BASHLOR, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: April 16, 1993
Drafted: 11th Round, 326th overall pick, 2013 (Mets)
How Acquired: Trade (from Mets)
College: South Georgia College (JC)
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Bashlor has pitched exclusively in relief since the Mets drafted him out of junior college. As a short RHP, probably under his listed 6’0″, he’s not in a popular demographic among scouts, but he developed very good velocity, reaching triple digits in the minors. In the majors, he’s averaged about 96 mph with his fastball, with a lot of spin. He throws it about two-thirds of the time, and also throws a slurvy breaking ball. He occasionally throws a change. He’s had a lot of control problems and, in the majors, gopher ball problems. He’s a fly ball pitcher. The Pirates acquired him for cash considerations from the Mets.
The Mets sent Bashlor to advanced rookie ball for his debut. He missed a lot of bats, but also had control problems.
Bashlor missed both seasons following the TJ surgery.
Bashlor went to low A and pitched well in relief. Opponents batted only .194 against him and slugged only .259, although walks remained a problem. He had a reverse platoon split, holding left-handed batters to a .462 OPS.
In high A, Bashlor generally pitched well, but had a rough stretch of three games at mid-season in which he gave up half of his earned runs for the season. He pitched better after a late-season promotion to AA, and he fanned a great many hitters throughout. The Mets added him to the 40-man roster after the season and Baseball America rated him the team’s 19th best prospect.
Bashlor pitched well in AA through late June, then the Mets called him up to the majors and he stayed there through the end of the season. Opponents batted only .217 against him in the big leagues, although he was helped by a .225 BABIP, and he cut down on the walks. He had trouble, though, with gopher balls, allowing one every five and a third innings.
The Mets sent Bashlor to AAA to start the season, but called him up three times. He pitched well in the minors but had a rough time with the Mets. His walk rate was very high and he still had trouble with the longball, allowing better than one every six innings.
At the start of the shortened 2020 season, the Mets designated Bashlor for assignment, then sent him to the Pirates for cash considerations. He got into eight games with the Pirates and, obviously, didn’t pitch well. He missed the last three weeks with lower back inflammation. He scrapped his slider for a curve or, alternatively, the pitch trackers started classifying his breaking ball differently.
The Pirates’ acquisition of Bashlor resumed the trend from Neal Huntington’s last year of frantically claiming every reliever reject they could lay their hands on. He may have a little more upside than the others, given the velocity and high spin rate. The initial, but very limited, results weren’t good, but the Pirates held onto him through the off-season. He had a chance to compete for a bullpen spot in spring training, but he missed most of the month with a back problem. The Pirates optioned him to AAA.
UPDATE: The Pirates designated Bashlor for assignment a few days into the season when they needed a roster spot. He cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors.
|2021: Minor League Salary|
|Signing Bonus: $550,000
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut: 6/25/2018
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible: 2025
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 11/20/2015 (since removed)
Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2018, 2019)
MLB Service Time: 1.131
|June 8, 2013: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 11th round, 326th overall pick; signed on June 19.
November 20, 2017: Contract purchased by the New York Mets.
July 28, 2020: Designated for assignment by the New York Mets.
August 2, 2020: Traded by the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.
April 4, 2021: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates; outrighted to AAA on April 10.