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Jack Leathersich invited to big league camp

LHP Jack Leathersich will attend the major league spring training as a non-roster invite (Twitter).

Leathersich, 23, was one of just six minor league relief pitchers to strike out more than 100 batters last season, with 102 in 2013.

Between Double- and Triple-A last season, he posted a 4.63 ERA and 1.646 WHIP, with his numbers significantly better with Binghamton (1.53 ERA, 1.193 WHIP) than with Las Vegas (7.76 ERA, 2.103 WHIP).

Leathersich issued 45 walks — just 16 in Double-A — and earned three saves for the B-Mets.

Baseball America’s Matt Eddy had this to say of the reliever:

“Leathersich faced 90 right-handed batters at Double-A this year and held them to a .107 average with no extra-base hits. Naturally, he got hit harder by them at Triple-A (.261/.386/.493), but his overall strikeout rate versus both sides gives him major league potential. Walks against lefties need to be reigned in, but Leathersich was victimized a bit by bad luck (.533 BABIP), seeing as he didn’t allow an elevated rate of extra-base hits (about one in 10 balls in play). Fewer walks could mean a set-up role in his future.”

Here is an SNY.TV video diary on Leathersich...

6 comments
Blanca Recinos
Blanca Recinos

This guy got bombed at AAA, needs secondary pitch.

drmetfan
drmetfan

NICE! This one I'm actually looking forward to. This kid will be part of the bullpen for years to come.

md92468
md92468

Unfortunately those 16 walks came in 29 innings...to go with the 29 he walked in 29 innings at AAA. He's got a live arm, but he's not ready for prime time. Given him a few months with Viola in Vegas & shoot for a June/July call up. 

strato
strato

@Blanca Recinos You have to take what any pitcher does at Las Vegas with a grain of salt. He might have been trying too hard to overcome the conditions, hence, he was wild. Why a team that is trying to build a future based on young pitching has its triple-a team at Vegas is a whole other story. Just the Mets being the Mets. Probably got a bargain! 

beers22
beers22

@md92468 just looking at the #s, he had good control in the low minors.  Hopefully, he just needs to adjust to the talent level, and doesn't get messed up by Vegas.  With a name like Jack Leathersich, how can this guy not be an awesome reliever?

md92468
md92468

@beers22 Even at his best he was still averaging about 4-5 BB/9. You can get away with that in St. Lucie, but that's the kind of weakness that will get exploited at this level. Bullpen guys have to throw strikes, period...doesn't matter if he throws 120MPH if he can't hit the mitt.