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 Jeremy Hefner.
Mets 101 Player Review: SP Jeremy Hefner
2013 Stats: 4-8, 4.34 ERA, 99 strikeouts in 24 appearances (23 starts)
2013 Story: Hefner had a tough start to 2013, going 0-5 over his first ten starts, all Mets losses, despite five quality starts in that span. When he was bad, he was real bad though, failing to go deeper than the fourth inning four times. Going into June however, the 27-year old turned it around, going 4-1 with eight quality starts in his next nine outings. Hefner was one of the league's best starters for a time before his season was cut short by an elbow injury that ultimately would require Tommy John surgery. The procedure was successful on August 28, but it's unclear if and when Hefner will again pitch in a Mets uniform.
Contract Status: Pre-Arb Eligible
Odds of Returning: 50%
2014 Role: Right now, Hefner's Mets future remains unknown as he'll miss most, if not all of 2014. With Matt Harvey also on the shelf after Tommy John they're hurting for starting pitching but the organization seems to have learned it's lesson on mishandling injuries and will likely play it safe with cases like these. He's arbitration eligible after next season so should he miss the entire year, his Mets future will certainly be in doubt.
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