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Christopher Flexen (born 1 July 1994), nicknamed Big Baby,[1] is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Chris Flexen
Chris Flexen on August 6, 2017 (cropped).jpg
Flexen with the Mets in 2017
New York Mets
Pitcher
Born: (1994-07-01) July 1, 1994 (age 24)
Newark, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 27, 2017, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record3–8
Earned run average8.45
Strikeouts39
Teams

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Amateur careerEdit

Flexen attended Newark Memorial High School in Newark, California where he was the quarterback of the school's football team and made the varsity baseball team as a freshman. His outstanding ability in two sports led to him earning his nickname Chris "The Flexman" Flexen.[citation needed] Flexen initially committed to play college baseball for the Arizona State Sun Devils but was drafted in the 14th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Mets and was lured away from his commitment by a $375,000 signing bonus.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Flexen spent 2012 with the Kingsport Mets, where he posted a 1-3 win-loss record with a 5.63 earned run average (ERA) in seven games. Flexen returned to Kingsport for the 2013 season, where he was 8-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 11 starts. In 2014, Flexen played for the Savannah Sand Gnats, where he was 3-5 with a 4.83 ERA in 13 starts.[3] Flexen underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014.[2] Flexen spent 2015 with Savannah, the Brooklyn Cyclones, and the GCL Mets, where he posted a combined 2.42 ERA in 12 games between the three clubs. In 2016, he pitched for the St. Lucie Mets where he was 10-9 with a 3.56 ERA in 25 starts. The Mets added him to their 40-man roster after the 2016 season.[4] Flexen started 2017 with St. Lucie, and after posting a 2.13 ERA there while striking out over a batter per inning in 3 starts, he was called up to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on May 31.[5]

Flexen made his MLB debut on July 27, 2017 against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.[6] Flexen was shelled in his Major League debut, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits. He also became the fifth Met in their history to give up a home run to the first batter he faced in the Major Leagues, with the batter being Manuel Margot.[7] On August 8, 2017, Flexen recorded his first Major League win against the Texas Rangers at Citi Field, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing 3 earned runs and striking out 4 batters.[8]

MLB.com ranked Flexen as New York's ninth-best prospect going into the 2018 season.[9] On May 19, Flexen, who started the season in the Pacific Coast League, was promoted to the Mets.[10] He made only four appearances for the big league club, including one start, struggling to a 12.79 ERA and 3.16 WHIP over those outings. He underwent knee surgery in early August, ending his 2018 season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MLB Players Weekend: National League nicknames".
  2. ^ a b Wagner, James (July 27, 2017). "A Mets Pitcher Makes Big Leap to Majors, and Then Stumbles". The New York Times. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Chris Flexen Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Mets add shortstop Amed Rosario, four others to 40-man roster". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Burneal, Larry. "Ponies snap skid in Trenton, Flexen called up". Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Mets' Chris Flexen set to make MLB debut: What to know". NJ.com. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Mastracco, Abbey (July 28, 2017). "Mets' Chris Flexen shelled in MLB debut | Rapid Reaction". NJ.com. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  8. ^ Kerber, Fred (August 9, 2017). "Chris Flexen picks up first MLB win thanks to Mets' power display". New York Post. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "Gimenez leads new Mets Top 30 Prospects list". MLB.com. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  10. ^ Botte, Peter (May 19, 2018). "Mets made these roster moves ahead of Diamondbacks game". New York Daily News. Retrieved 19 May 2018.

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