Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 5/11/12
With all the posts I’ve done about pitching prospects of the early years, I’m a little surprised I completely overlooked Larry Bearnarth. But then again, based on his 2-13 record with a 6.67 ERA in his only minor league season, it was hard to even consider him as a prospect. The Mets signed Bearnarth out of St. John’s and sent him to their AAA Syracuse farm club in 1962 where he had, at least statistically, an awful season. Nevertheless, he was a member of the Mets’ pitching staff opening day the following year and remained with the Mets for the better part of the next four seasons. Bearnarth, who featured a sinker and slider, was almost exclusively a reliever, starting only 7 games, but never registered a single save for the Mets. When the Mets started getting better, Bearnarth was sent to AAA in 1967 where he remained for the next four years. He got a brief and extremely ineffective shot with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1971, but later became a successful pitching coach. As for his m...
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