- Full name Darren Christopher O'Day
- Born 10/22/1982 in Jacksonville, FL
- Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 220 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Florida
- Debut 03/31/2008
Organization Prospect Rankings
Twelve hours after trading sidearm reliever Joe Smith to the Indians in a three-team deal that landed J.J. Putz, the Mets selected the submarine-throwing O'Day in the major league Rule 5 draft to fill Smith's void. O'Day was the closer on Florida's 2005 College World Series team, having created a niche by dropping his arm angle while playing in an adult league in Jacksonville. He earned a spot as a walk-on, pitched four years and signed with the Angels in 2006 as a nondrafted free agent prior to the draft. He surprised observers by making the Angels out of spring training last season. He keeps the ball down and throws strikes, though his fastball registers just 88 mph. In addition to a heavy sinker with a whipping action that's tough on righties, O'Day also throws a sweeping slider. He has a labrum tear but opted to rehab over the winter rather than have surgery and the Mets expect he'll be able to contribute. If he doesn't stick on the big league roster, he has to clear waivers and get offered back to the Angels for half the $50,000 draft price before he can be sent to the minors. New York also took a second big leauge Rule 5 reliever, righthander Rocky Cherry from the Orioles.