The strength of the New York Mets has been its starting pitching. However, there are many questions regarding the future for the Mets. Only Max Scherzer is contracted for next season, and that's the only one among the original five starters. Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker could be available on options. Chris Bassitt may also be on the market. Although some of these names may be back, the Mets will still need more pitching support in the event of an injury. Jose Butto is a name to be aware of on this front.
Butto was signed in 2019 as an international free agent by the Mets for a $5,000 signing bonus. Given his young age, this makes perfect sense. Butto had a fantastic season. With a 3.83 ERA, he went 4-6 and struck out 110 batters over 98.2 innings. Butto's fastball, which averages between.92 and.94 miles per hour was only.226 against his opponents. It compliments his off-speed pitches in the low-80s in a fantastic way. Butto's curveball is slightly lower than average. It could be the difference between being a starter or a reliever at the big-league level.
Butto's 2022 season was a huge success. He is currently 3-4 and has a 3.64 ERA. He has thrown 47 innings and struck out 61 batters. According to MLB.com, Butto is the Mets' 12th-most promising prospect. To protect him from the Rule V Draft, he was added to the 40-man roster. The Mets are confident in his abilities. Butto will move to AAA Syracuse next, but the Mets might need him to work in the bullpen.
The Mets have already brought in several minor-leaguers to strengthen their bullpen. Adonis Medina and Collin Holderman are notable examples. Stephen Nogosek and Stephen Nogosek were also prominent Mets players. Yoan Lopez was also included. Butto, who has two excellent pitches, is already on the 40-man roster. He could be called up later in the season if he continues to excel.