New York Mets Claim Intriguing Pitcher Off Waivers

The New York Mets have secured the services of right-handed pitcher Peyton Battenfield through a waiver claim after his designation for assignment by the Cleveland Guardians.

Battenfield, who had been somewhat overlooked in Cleveland's deep pitching farm system, made his ML debut during the current season.

Stepping in to assist amidst rotation injuries, he logged 34.2 innings but faced challenges, resulting in a 5.19 ERA.

Despite these struggles, his potential has not gone unnoticed, and the Mets are looking to harness his skills for their upcoming campaign.

Following a brief period on the injured list due to shoulder inflammation, Battenfield was reactivated and assigned to Triple-A Columbus.

With his move to the Mets, the 26-year-old hurler is positioned to compete for a rotation slot in the approaching season.

His history of promising performances in Triple-A, particularly during 2022, has caught the attention of the Mets, who see him as a valuable addition offering depth and the prospect of substantial improvement based on his prior accomplishments.

For his minor-league career, he holds a 3.30 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, with 315 strikeouts across 351.1 innings and 74 appearances.

As the Mets gear up for their upcoming season, Battenfield's potential could play a pivotal role in shaping their pitching strategies. Photo Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports