Robert Gsellman

Position: RHP
Born: 7/18/1993
Height: 6'4
Weight: 205
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 13th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYM).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 4-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 20 starts between Binghamton (Double-A) and Las Vegas (Triple-A), striking out 88 and walking 33 while allowing 113 hits over 115 innings.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Las Vegas August 22 when LHP Steven Matz went on the 15-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 8/23/2016

Debut Details
August 23, in a 7-4 win against the Cardinals. The second of seven pitchers on the night, he got the win, allowing two hits in 3.2 IP and not allowing a run (though he did give up both of his inherited runners from injured starter Jon Niese), walking three and striking out two. He hit also hit a batter. After Niese surrendered two walks and an RBI single to Brandon Moss before leaving the game with one out in the first and two runners on (Matt Carpenter, who had walked, and Moss), Gsellman was brought into emergency “start relief.” The first batter he faced, Yadier Molina, hit an RBI double to center on the first pitch he saw, scoring Carpenter, and Moss came home on a groundout to third base by Jhonny Peralta before Gsellman struck out Jedd Gyorko swinging for the third out. Gsellman did not have the luxury of any 1-2-3 innings, but neither did he allow a run in his next three innings of work, and, in fact, he only allowed one more hit, a single to Molina with one on and two outs in the third. In his final inning of work, he showed he could pitch out of a jam. After walking Gyorko to lead off the frame, he fanned Randall Grichuk swinging and got pinch-hitter Kolten Wong on a fly out to left field, but then hit Tommy Pham with a pitch. But he ended the threat by getting Stephen Piscotty to line out to shortstop, marking the end of his night as reliever Josh Smoker came on to start the fifth. For his troubles, and because he was the pitcher of record when the Mets took the lead for good, Gsellman was awarded the win.

Player Notes
The son of former Phillies minor league catcher Bob Gsellman, who played four seasons in that system after being drafted in the 23rd round of 1984, the younger Gsellman certainly had a good baseball mind to pick as he grew up a pitcher. The organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year when he combined between St. Lucie (High A) and Binghamton to go 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA in 24 starts, striking out 86 and walking 37 in 143 .1 IP while giving up 126 hits, he’s known for his sinker in the low-to-middle 90s, a curveball, and a changeup, as well as good command and poise and maturity on the mound. He also has what has become the signature “awesome hair” of Mets pitchers. A starter throughout his career, he seems penciled into the Mets’ bullpen upon promotion, but as the injuries to Mets’ starters seem to be piling up quickly (as Niese’s early exit emphasized) plans can change. In his first full season, 2014, Gsellman went 10-6 with a 2.56 ERA in 20 starts at Savannah (Class A), including four complete games, striking out 92 while walking 34 in 116 innings and giving up 122 hits.