Tylor Megill made an impact following unlikely call-up to big league, Tylor Megill never imagined he’d be called up to the big leagues just three years after being drafted. But as soon as he received the call, he seized the opportunity.
Tylor Megill will never forget the night he spent in Washington, D.C. On Opening Day
The right-hander took the mound for the Mets as an unlikely replacement for injured ace Jacob deGrom. And in what was presumably his first audition to take deGrom’s spot in the rotation until the two-time Cy Young Award winner is ready to return from the injured list, the second-year pitcher shattered all expectations.
In the Mets’ 5-1 victory over the Nationals in Game 1 of the 2022 regular season, Megill pitched five scoreless innings on 68 pitches 47 strikes, allowing three hits, striking out six batters, and not issuing a walk.
Throughout his limited stint in the major leagues, Megill has been praised for his calm demeanour. Prior to the game, Mets manager Buck Showalter praised Megill’s “low pulse” and ability to “keep inside reality” as two characteristics that he admires in the young pitcher.
And these qualities were on full display when he pitched out of jams in consecutive innings. In the second and third innings, Megill snuffed out two great scoring chances for the Nationals.
With two men on and one out in the second, Megill produced a 5-4-3 inning-ending double play. In the third inning, he struck out Soto and got Nelson Cruz to ground out to get out of a first-and-third jam with one out.
When facing Soto and Cruz, two tough hitters, Megill’s strategy was simple: “attack each hitter.” “Beat the strike zone in ways that allow them to escape.”
Of course, Soto is one of baseball’s finest hitters, but that didn’t stop Megill from striking him out with a 98 mph fastball.
Soto is “definitely one of the more enjoyable bats to throw to,” according to Megill. “He’s a fierce competitor.” I’m a competitive person myself, so going toe-to-toe with someone like that is always entertaining.