So, did you know that the Mets have a pitcher named Jack Egbert on their 40-man roster?
The Mets claimed the 26 year old righty from the White Sox on September 25, a time when many Mets fans were watching football already. Egbert, who made his MLB debut for the White Sox on April 21, 2009, is a New Jersey product from Rutgers, Rutherford HS and Rutherford Little League. In his two MLB appearances, Egbert gave up eight hits, eight runs and a homer to Aubrey Huff in just 2.2 innings. Returned to AAA Charlotte where he had been working out of the bullpen, he also returned to the starting rotation, where he made 18 starts, but did not fare well. In 30 appearances overall, he had a 5.05 ERA, 132 hits allowed, 78 strikeouts and 33 walks in 108.2 IP. He was roughed up in the second half, when he posted a 7.17 ERA and had an ugly 28/21 K/BB ratio after a 3.39 ERA in the first half for Charlotte with a sharp 50/12 K/BB ratio.
Egbert did not make BA’s Top 30 White Sox Prospects in the 2009 edition, but was ranked 16th entering 2007 and fifth entering 2008 after a strong 2007 season at AA Birmingham when he struck out 165 and walked 44 in 161 IP on his way to a 3.06 ERA. At the time, BA wrote that Egbert had “refined his changeup into a plus pitch” but his fastball was only fringe average.
According to the pitchfx from his MLB debut, Egbert’s fastball was 89-91 mph, and he threw a breaking ball and changeup.