BASEBALL: Former Mercersburg Academy star Edgin eyes summer call-up by Mets
It was early in the spring when Josh Edgin sat in the New York Mets’ bullpen during a Grapefruit League game against the St. Louis Cardinals and took a deep breath.
He looked at the field before him and he inhaled his surroundings.
“That’s Matt Holliday,” he thought. “And there’s David Freese.”
It was a somewhat surreal experience for Edgin, a three Springs native and former Mercersburg Academy player.
He received a big league spring training invite during the second week of March, when left-handed specialist Tim Byrdak was sidelined with a torn meniscus.
Edgin, a left-hander who split last year between Class A and Class A+, wasn’t supposed to be in the mix for a major league bullpen spot when camp opened. But 10 appearances and a 0.00 ERA later, Edgin cemented himself as a top prospect and a cult hero among Mets fans looking for a bullpen savior.
“I went into it with the mentality to just try and take the next steps forward,” said Edgin, who was drafted in the 30th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. “I went over to the big league side and did my thing.”
Edgin was one of the final cuts from the Mets’ active roster last week. He’s starting the year at the Class AA Eastern League’s Binghamton (N.Y.) club, where he’ll be the club’s primary closer. before he was optioned, Edgin met with Mets manager Terry Collins, who told the 25-year-old that if he continued throwing strikes in the minors, he’d likely be in New York sometime this summer.
Edgin was one of the team’s leaders in appearances this spring, joining Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Bobby Parnell and Daniel Herrera as the only Mets pitchers to make 10 or more appearances.
Not bad company for a young man who’s still less than two years from making his professional debut in the Appalachian League.
He held hitters to a .121 average in the spring, had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 13:3 and a 0.68 WHIP (walk and hits divided by innings pitched).
Edgin began experimenting with a changeup in the offseason. It’s supposed to complement his 94 mph fastball and his slider. he tried a few different grips for the pitch and may have settled on one suggested by Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen.
“The ultimate goal is to get to the big leagues, but I’d say the bigger goal would be to get my changeup where I need it to be,” Edgin said. “I want to try to get ready before I get up there. I want to be polished all-around.”
Edgin’s agent is Chambersburg native Brian McGinn. the two have worked together since last season and have developed a close relationship. Geography has helped.
They worked out together before the 2011 season and, this past offseason, McGinn was able to join Edgin for one of his children’s baseball lessons Edgin occasionally hosts in McConnellsburg.
“We have a special relationship,” McGinn said. “It’s business, but it’s really like he’s my brother. We’ve just developed a really good friendship and I want the best for him. I’ve heard of some players who say their agent only talks to them two or three times a year, or only gets me one glove a year. they see we have a special relationship and I think that’s awesome.”
The two are aiming to host a baseball clinic at Wilson College in December, with Edgin bringing along some of his teammates and friends from around baseball.
In the meantime, there is work to be done.
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Josh Edgin file
Parent club: New York Mets
Current team: Binghamton Mets (Class AA Eastern League)
Drafted: Atlanta Braves in the 50th round of the 2009 Amateur Draft; New York Mets in the 30th round of the 2010 Amateur Draft.
High School: Mercersburg Academy
Hometown: three Springs
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