By: Michael Ganci

Can Knuckleballer Mickey Jannis be Mets Bullpen Weapon?


Last night, those who turned in to MLB Network got to see some of Mickey Jannis, a 27-year-old Double A Mets pitcher who primarily features the knuckleball.

Jannis has never appeared in the Major Leagues and has been part of the Mets’ system since last season. He’s pitched for the Long Island Ducks, St. Lucie Mets and ended the season at Binghamton. The spent three years on the independent circuit before the Mets brought him in, and he was a Tampa Bay Rays prospect prior to that. He used the knuckleball as his primary pitch, and it’d be interesting to see if the Mets give him a shot to win a bullpen spot next spring.

In six seasons on all levels, he’s 32-25 with a 2.89 ERA. He’s struck out 414 in 556.2 innings, and he’s walked 190. He also has one complete game, 14 saves and he’s given up just 23 homers. . Here’s a look at him in action. It worked out for R.A. Dickey, didn’t it?

Betting trends say that he should be given a shot.

Oh, and I couldn’t help myself with this:

About Michael Ganci

Michael Ganci is the Co-Founder of the Daily Stache, along with Matthew Falkenbury. Since 2008, Ganci has eat, drank and dreamt all things Mets, and he'd have it no other way. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @DailyStache.

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