Who is new Mets pitcher Joel Carreno?

Joel Carreno signed a minor league contract with the Mets this week with an invitation to Spring Training.

I don’t know much about the player, but on the surface – this is another minor signing that is of no risk.  Carreno has cracked the Major League roster of the Blue Jays in both 2011 and 2012 and spent the entirety of the 2013 season at AA and AAA.  In 22 major league appearances, he has a record of 1-2 with an ERA of 4.06, has pitched 37 2/3 innings.

He has fared better on the Minor League level.  Over 8 seasons in the minors, he has a record of 48-43 with an ERA of 3.39, appearing in 186 games (119 starts) with 812 strikeouts over 743 2/3 innings.

The 2013 season was split between AA New Hampshire and AAA Buffalo and pitched entirely in relief.  In a combined 50 games, Carrero had a record of 6-3 with a an ERA of 2.43 and 8 saves, striking out 90 in 66 2/3 innings.

On the surface, he looks like a 26 year old right handed relief pitcher out of the Dominican Republic who had a good season in 2013 that struck out batters at a pretty good clip as he made the transition from starting pitcher to reliever.  At the Major League level, he’s yet to prove anything.

He’s another guy to compete for a bullpen spot.


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