The New York Mets today announced that they have acquired RHP Jordan Yamamoto from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league infielder Federico Polanco. Yamamoto was designated for assignment by Miami last week.
Yamamoto had a very bad season with the Marlins last year, accumulating a dreadful 18.26 ERA over 11.1 innings pitched. He was once considered a top prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system, which saw him get dealt in the Christian Yelich trade. Yamamoto made his debut with the Marlins in 2019.
While the right-handed pitcher has had a very tough start to begin his career, he still only 24 years old. Yamamoto’s rookie season saw him pitch to a 4.46 ERA over 78.2 IP, which also included a very impressive 1.14 WHIP. Yamamoto has the talent, but there are still flaws he needs to work on. He’s averaged nearly 2 HR per 9 innings over his career, as well as 4.3 BB/9. Those numbers obviously need to come down.
Still, the Mets get a quality pitching project with upside, who can potentially be used as depth going forward. Yamamoto doesn’t have a guaranteed roster spot as of right now, but you can’t complain about him as depth.
Mets have acquired some decent starting pitching depth this offseason with Jordan Yamamoto, along with Joey Lucchesi.