The Mets pitching depth took an expected hit in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday morning, as they lost RHP Matt Bowman to the Cardinals in the Major League portion of the draft.
Bowman, 24, had a rough season with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2016, going 7-16 with a 5.53 ERA in 28 appearances and 26 starts, allowing 184 hits and 51 walks in 140 innings for the 51s. He dealt with a minor arm injury over the course of the season as well.
But Bowman has been a highly regarded arm in the organization since he was drafted in the 13th round of the 2012 first-year player draft. He has a small frame and doesn’t throw particularly hard, but he has a deceptive delivery, is a strike thrower and had really made a lot of progress in the Mets organization until he hit this speed bump in 2015.
The Mets left him off the 40-man roster in late November, and considering he is close to big league ready, it’s not really a surprise a team would consider taking a chance on him.
A player selected in the Rule 5 draft is assigned a fee of $50,000 to his original organization. That player must remain on his new team’s Major League active roster for the entire season. If he is removed from the active roster and goes unclaimed through waivers, that player must be offered back to his original organization for $25,000.
So, the Mets may get him back at some point.
The Mets retained notable exposed players such as Wuilmer Becerra, Paul Sewald, and TJ Rivera.