We’ve been writing about Nabil Crismatt on Mets360 for a few years now. The relatively unknown pitcher from Barranquilla, Columbia wasn’t a big money guy from the international leagues or a top draft pick from the amateur draft. Instead, Crismatt simply came up through the Met system on the merits of his results alone.
We began to mention him when he made his stateside debut in 2014 but it wasn’t until 2015 that the Mets actually gave him a shot at starting. On the back of a solid K/9, low WHIP and consistently stable ERA the Mets eventually came to the conclusion that maybe there was something there they hadn’t seen before. By the end of 2016 Crismatt had reached, if only briefly, AA and had conquered the NYP and SAL leagues.
He spent all of 2017 in Advanced A where the Mets typically separate the wheat from the chaff. Where so many successful single A pitchers have failed, Crismatt succeeded with another year of solid pitching, although cracks were beginning to show.
Entering 2018 people were no longer as confident that Crismatt could succeed with his pedestrian “Stuff”. However, after the 16 games he started for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies the Mets again have decided to give him a chance for more. In those games he went 8 and 5 with a 3.58 ERA. He notched 93 innings and quite nearly averaged 6.0 innings per outing while also striking out 94 and only walking 34. After that, the Mets gave him a shot at AAA.
His first two starts are completed and Crismatt has endured a rocky debut to follow it with a very promising second showing. The walks are up as the hitters at the AAA level seem less inclined to chase his pitches out of the zone but Crismatt’s uncanny ability to succeed in each level he reaches seems to still be working for him.
Jeff McNeil is determined to prove me right – While some think that McNeil’s 2018 numbers are not to be believed I’m willing to drink the Kool Aid.
Peter Alonso is scuffling – He’s striking out too much and not hitting consistently enough. Nothing to get concerned over just yet.
I have no choice but to mention Tim Tebow – I’m not drinking his Kool Aid just yet but I have to mention his much improved hitting output.
Ali Sanchez’s magical season continues – For a player who looked bereft of hitting potential he’s certainly finally seemed to figure things out.
Andres Gimenez still chugging along – Would not be out of the question to test him in the final weeks of the season in AA.
Jeremy Vasquez staying strong – He’s one of the brighter spots in the Mets offensive depth charts.
Anthony Kay has been quite good – His last two starts for Port St. Lucie have been very promising.
Joe Cavallaro in Advanced A after a spot start role – Mets gave him an outing in AA that was likely just to cover for other player movement.
Tony Dibrell has a nice outing – He’s a pitcher the scouts seem to like and it would be another feather in the Met cap for him to pan out.
Jaison Vilera is the Ace of Brooklyn – Looking back at the younger ranks of Met prospects and you’ll find him to be one of the brightest stars.
Mac Lozer locking things down – He’s been a dynamite closer for Brooklyn but it will be interesting to see if he can make things work in Port St. Lucie or beyond.
Luis Santana looking mighty fine – Especially for a player who is only 18.
Ronny Mauricio has some power in his bat – He’s got a ridiculous number of extra base hits (11) in his first 23 games.