Robert Gsellman was non-tendered a contract from the New York Mets, making him a free agent and a potentially interesting project for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Gsellman was 0-1 in 17 games for the Mets in 2021. He pitched in 28.2 innings, striking out 17, walking seven, giving up 14 runs on 27 hits for the season. He induced 49.2% ground balls with a 22.7% called strike-out rate.
He primarily relies on a sinker but can mix things up with a slider, change-up, four-seam fastball, and a curveball. Gsellman’s change-up averaged 84.8 mph with a 99% active spin. The four-seamer averages 94.4 mph with a 91% active spin. Gsellman’s sinker averages 93.9 mph with a 93% drive spin. The slider averages 89.5 mph with an active spin of 46%.
Gsellman presents as the perfect project for Yadier Molina and pitching coach Mike Maddux. It will be interesting to see if the Cardinals kick the tires on this option.