Now that the 2013 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (David Aardsma) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns for its third year. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2013 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at starting pitcher Aaron Harang.
Mets 101 Player Review: SP Aaron Harang
2013 Stats: (With Mets) Four starts, 0-1, 3.52 ERA, 12 walks, 26 strikeouts in 23 innings.
(Total) 26 starts, 5-12, 5.40 ERA with 40 walks and 113 strikeouts over 143.1 innings.
2013 Story: The veteran was all over the bigs in 2013, first traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Colorado Rockies on April 6 for Ramon Hernandez, before being designated for assignment on April 11. Before appearing in a game for the Rox, he was then dealt to Seattle for a minor leaguer. Over the next four months, Harang made 22 starts for the M's, tallying nine quality starts and two complete game shutouts, but had his share of rough outings as well. After allowing 7 runs in just 5.2 innings in a 7-1 loss to the Angels, Harang was designated for assignment on August 26 and later signed a minor league deal with the Mets on September 2.
Harang was assigned to AAA Las Vegas and was called up to make his Mets debut on September 12, when he allowed three runs over six innings while striking out ten in a 12-5 loss to Washington. He was surprisingly effective the rest of the way, filling in well for a hurting Met rotation. Despite not being credited for a win with the Mets, Harang kept the team in the ballgames he started, going at least five innings in each start and closed on a high note, allowing just a run on five hits over six innings in his final start of the season.
2013 Grade: B
Contract Status: Free Agent
Odds of Returning: 50%
2014 Role: Harang most likely pitched well enough down the stretch to earn a low risk/high reward contract with a MLB club. Even at age 35, he can still eat up some innings, averaging nearly 5 2/3 innings per start and with the Mets always looking for a bargain, Harang could be in the mix come spring training.
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