Daniel Palka wasn’t the only minor league deal the Mets announced on their transaction page, they also added right handed pitcher Kevin Gadea.
The 27 year old native of Nicaragua, missed 4 years between 2016 and 2020 due to Tommy John Surgery and Covid. He returned this year with a 2.61ERA between AA and AAA in the Yankees organization. Gadea allowed just 29 hits over 41.1 innings, while striking out 58 in his strong return to action.
In his brief minor league career due to injury, he owns a 2.63 ERA with a 1.18WHIP. He was selected in the Rule 5 draft by the Rays in 2017, before they discovered TJS. Gadea is seen as a fastball heavy arm, who relies on his low 90’s fastball. Last year he started to mix in his change-up and curve more.
Below is a clip with highlights from Kevin Gadea in the minors last year.
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