Christopher John Flexen...graduated from Newark Memorial High School (CA) in 2012...played four years of baseball and was a quarterback on the football team for two years...was committed to Arizona State University before signing with the Mets.
Spent the 2020 season with the Doosan Bears in the Korean Baseball Organization and went 8-4 with a 3.01 ERA (39 ER, 116.2 IP) with 30 walks and 132 strikeouts over 21 starts...During the Bears’ playoff run, in which they fell to the NC Dinos, 4-2, in the Korean Series, he posted a 1.91 ERA (6 ER, 28.1 IP), pitching in both starting and relieving roles...Struck out 28% of the batters he faced, which registered as the 4th-highest in the KBO since 2002, and he only walked 6.4% for a 2.3 BB/9 ratio, according to Baseball Reference.
Split the year between Triple-A Syracuse and New York...went 5-3 with a 4.46 ERA (39 ER, 78.2 IP) over 26 games (14 starts) with Syracuse...pitched in nine games (one GS) over four separate stints with the Mets (April 20, May 4-5, June 15-July 2 & Aug. 22-25) going 0-3, 7.90 ERA (10 ER, 13.2 IP) with 10 strikeouts.
Split the season between Triple-A Las Vegas and New York...went 6-7 with a 4.40 ERA (45 ER, 92.0 IP) in Triple-A...pitched in four MLB games (1 start), going 0-2 with a 12.79 ERA (9 ER, 6.1 IP)...underwent right knee surgery on Aug. 17, performed by Dr. David Altchek (medial meniscectomy), and remained on the Injured List for the remainder of the year.
Was recalled from Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League on July 27 and went 3-6 with a 7.88 ERA (42 earned runs/48.0 innings) in 14 games, nine starts with the Mets...Made his major league debut on July 27 at San Diego... Suffered the loss in his first career start, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits in 3.0 innings...Was the first Met to make his major league debut coming straight from Double-A since Michael Conforto did so in 2015...Is the first Mets starting pitcher to do so since righthanded pitcher Mike Pelfrey on July 8, 2006 vs. Florida...Was 3-5 with a 7.78 ERA (36 earned runs/41.2 innings) in nine starts...Walked 29 and struck out 28 in that time...Allowed 10 home runs in his 41.2 innings pitched as a starter...Five of his last six outings came out of the bullpen...Was 0-1 with a 8.53 ERA (six earned runs/6.1 innings pitched) in those five outings...On August 8 vs. Texas, he collected his first major league win and his first major league hit...Combined to make 10 starts with both St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and Binghamton (AA)...Was 6-1 with a 1.76 ERA (12 earned runs/61.1 innings pitched)...Struck out 63 and walked 10, good for a 6.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio...Was 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA (nine earned runs/48.2 innings) in seven starts for Binghamton...Was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 10-16.
Went 10-9 with a 3.56 ERA (53 earned runs/134.0 innings) in 25 games, all starts, with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League...Posted a 2.45 ERA (nine earned runs/33.0 innings) in six starts during June...Worked a career-high 134.0 innings...Led St. Lucie in starts (25) and was second on the team in strikeouts (95)...Opposing batters hit .249 (125-502) off him in 2016 with both lefthanded batters and righthanded batters hitting .249...Tossed a season-high 8.0 shutout innings on June 20 at Palm Beach...Also worked 7.2 innings of one-run ball on April 27 at Charlotte...Worked 13.0 scoreless innings across two starts (May 26 vs. Charlotte and June 2 at Fort Myers)...Threw 10.0 scoreless innings over his final two starts of the regular season. (August 25 vs. Charlotte and September 1 at Jupiter)...Started Game 1 of the Florida State League South Division Playoffs.
Pitched in 12 games (nine starts) after recovering from Tommy John surgery...Went a combined 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA (14 earned runs/52.0 innings) between the GCL Mets (R), Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League and Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League.
Made 13 starts for Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League...Was 3-5 with a 4.83 ERA (37 earned runs/69.0 innings) in those 13 starts...Placed on the 7-Day Disabled List on July 1 with right triceps inflammation...Underwent Tommy John surgery in July.
Led the Appalachian League in wins (eight), complete games (two) and shutouts (two).