Paul Sewald

Position: RHP
Born: 05/26/90
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYM).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2016 Season Stats: Went 5-3 with a 3.26 ERA and 19 saves in 56 games at Las Vegas (Triple-A), striking out 80 and walking 21 while allowing 58 hits in 66 innings.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Las Vegas April 7 when INF Ty Kelly was designated for assignment.
MLB Debut Date: 04/08/17

Debut Details
April 8, in an 8-1 loss to the Marlins. The fourth of seven Mets pitchers on the night, he threw one-third of an inning, allowing two runs, both earned, on three hits without walking or striking out a batter. Of 22 pitches, 14 were for strikes. Starting the eighth inning replacing reliever and RHP Hansel Robles, Sewald surrendered singles to the first three batters he faced. Adeiny Hechavarria led things off with a single to right field, Dee Gordon followed with another single to right, and J.T. Realmuto hit a line-drive single to center to score Hechavarria and advance Gordon to third. After Miguel Rojas laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the mound to bring home Gordon with the second run of the inning, reliever and LHP Jerry Blevins came on for Sewald and got the final two outs to leave Realmuto stranded.

Player Notes
A senior sign out of the University of San Diego, Sewald has quietly risen from way under the radar into one of the Mets' most interesting closer prospects. His 56 games with the 51s in 2016 shared both the organization and Pacific Coast League lead as he continued his workhorse back-end of the bullpen heroics. In 2015 at Binghamton (Double-A), he'd gone 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA in 44 games while limiting hitters to a .188 average, converting 24-of-25 save opportunities while also adding in three shutout innings at Vegas while RHP Jacob DeGrom was off on paternity leave. His numbers were similar in 2014 between St. Lucie (High A) and Binghamton as he went 11-for-11 in save opps, posting a 1.92 ERA. With a fastball around 90 mph, a plus slider, a changeup and good finesse on the mound, he's consistently succeeded with solid if not overwhelming stuff, combining (including his lone inning this year of one inning with three strikeouts at Vegas the day before his callup) to go a career 16-8 with a 2.19 ERA, limiting hitters to a .216 average.