Hansel Robles set to make MLB debut, too

NEW YORK -- Kevin Plawecki is not the only prospect who may make his major league debut on Tuesday for the New York Mets. The Mets also summoned right-handed reliever Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas, to replace injured Jerry Blevins.

Robles, 24, had tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings this season in the Pacific Coast League. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out 10.

"He's got a great arm," manager Terry Collins said.

Robles twice has been on the Mets' 40-man roster. He was removed and cleared waivers on Nov. 22, 2013.

Robles then stumbled as a starting pitcher to begin the 2014 season at Double-A Binghamton. He had a 4.86 ERA in 18 starts through July 13.

The Mets then converted Robles to relief and he took off. He had a 1.80 ERA and .159 opponent batting average in 20 innings out of the bullpen the remainder of that season with the B-Mets. Robles then went to winter ball with Licey in his native Dominican Republic and continued to open eyes in October and November. He posted a 0.77 ERA in 13 relief appearances.

The success out of the bullpen prompted the Mets to return him to the 40-man roster to shield him from last December's Rule 5 draft.

Collins told Robles he was "proud" of how he persevered after originally getting dumped from the 40-man roster.

"He came to spring training a different guy, a different personality," Collins said. "His work ethic was a little bit better. And I credit that a lot to the [Jenrry] Mejia, [Jeurys] Familia, [Bartolo] Colon collection.

"When you call down [to Las Vegas] and you ask for [call-up] recommendations and his name is right up there as one of the first ones mentioned, that's pretty impressive, because they've got some guys that we like. There's Zack Thornton and a few others down there that pitched very well in spring training. And [Vegas manager] Wally [Backman] said this guy is really throwing the ball good."