Las Vegas, Nevada —— After being traded from the Boston Red Sox in the Addison Reed deadline deal on July 31, 2017, relief pitcher Jamie Callahan made his first appearance as a member of the New York Mets‘ organization on Friday night in Las Vegas. Entering in the ninth inning of a Triple-A Pacific Coast League game with a one-run lead over the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Callahan promptly allowed a solo home run to the first batter he faced, but then worked out of the rest of the inning clean in what would eventually be a win for the Las Vegas 51s in 13 innings.
Throughout his inning, Jamie Callahan sat 95-97 mph with his fastball, which looked relatively straight but had good downward plane when he was able to get on top of it and keep it at the knees. When he failed to get on top of the pitch, and it stayed up—as you can see with the home run he allowed—Callahan’s fastball flattens out and even plus velocity can’t save him. His arm strength is something to see, though, and he couples that plus fastball with a tight 88-90 mph slider that showed very good late break and depth. It’s a bat-misser when down in the zone, as you can plainly tell by some of the swings and misses he got Friday night at Cashman Field.
I first saw Jamie Callahan at the Arizona Fall League last November, and he looks very similar now with the New York Mets: plus velocity, hard stuff, max effort, and very long arm action that, while allowing hitters to pick up the ball early, also gives the righty great extension and pitch life when his timing is right throughout his motion. Still just 22 years old, Callahan is ultimately not very far from pitching for the New York Mets, depending on bullpen need. He profiles well as a high-leverage late-inning reliever that should find himself pitching in tight situations in the big leagues soon enough.
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