The Mets have signed Jared West as a college free agent from Stephen F. Austin University and assigned him to the GCL Mets. In 2011, West had a 7-3 record and a 3.08 ERA. In 79 innings, the righty struck out 58 batters and walked just 38. Opponents hit .272 against him. That’s much better than his 201o stats. Then, he finished the season with a 7.13 ERA, yielding 72 hits in 53 innings. Opponents hit .340 against him. That season he had control problems: he walked 37 while striking out 26.
His twin brother, Jason, pitched for the same team and was not drafted either in 2011. Both brothers received honorable mentions for the 2011 All-Southland Conference Baseball Teams.
Now, Jason West is pitching for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League, a summer league. In 10 innings of work over nine games, he has a 1.80 ERA and 15 strikeouts.Follow @writerhoward