However, Gee is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP in his first three big league starts, and should have two more starts before the season ends.
He went 13-8 with a 4.96 ERA in 161 innings for Triple-A Buffalo in 2010, and he allowed 174 hits and 41 walks while striking out 165 batters which led the International League.
It’s been a short sample, but in a way, he kind of reminds me of the way Rick Reed used to pitch – he is a finesse pitcher and will never overpower anyone, but he appears to have very good poise and command of everything so far. He also wears number 35, which was the same number Reed wore when he was with the Mets.
After yesterday’s game, Jerry Manuel told reporters he believes Gee should be considered as part of the starting pitching depth going into next Spring.
I agree right now, and I think he has the makings of a good and serviceable major leaguer, but it’s so early, and I think a lot of questions need to be answered first – there is no way to know whether or not Johan Santana will be back next season, and so they have to assume he won’t be as of today. They also have to figure out who Mike Pelfrey is and what kind of pitcher he will be going forward, considering his inconsistencies, and as good as R.A. Dickey has been this season, I don’t think it’s easy to assume he will have a repeat performance next season.