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.”