Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Josh Edgin, the Mets "Mr. Zero"

Josh Edgin continues his unbelievable season. In 29 appearances as the closer with two teams, he's yielded only three earned runs, a streak that began late last season at Savannah. Here are his 2011 stats:

Amazingly, no one has hit a home run off him this season.

Another factor that has to contribute to his success is his control. This season, the lefty has struck out 47 batters while walking only 13.

Edgin has a closer's mentality. In a newspaper interview, he's quoted as saying "You can’t take any pitches off. You want to get your teammates out of the situation they put themselves in. That’s the main goal, not to let runs score."

Typically, a box score in which his name appears looks like this one, which is for yesterday's St. Lucie game:

The Mets drafted Edgin in 2010 in the 30th round. The Mets assigned him to Kingport where he gave up 10 runs in 18 games.

He started his college baseball career at Ohio State, but transferred to Francis Marion when the Buckeyes would not make him a starter.

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