Jack Leathersich (BARON)

Jack Leathersich wants to make the team this spring

Mets LHP prospect Jack Leathersich is focused on making the big league club on Opening Day.

“That’s the mindset for everybody here,” he said (Rubin, Feb. 10). “I’m just going to go out there and give it my all and see what happens.”

It’s possible Leathersich or RHP prospect Jeff Walters could end up on the Opening Day roster, according to a one team official (Rubin, Feb. 7). Starting pitchers Rafael Montero and Cory Mazzoni could be considered for the big-league bullpen as well, the team official added.

Michael Baron, Contributor

The Mets are short on the left side of the bullpen, so Leathersich’s potential to dominate cannot be ignored this spring. He’s not very tall, but he throws his fastball in the low 90′s and is equally difficult for lefties and righties to pick up, which helps explain his impressive strikeout totals. Leathersich’s big issue is control and reducing his walks.

He isn’t on the 40-man roster, so Leathersich could fall victim in a numbers game to Josh Edgin. Still, there’s a lot of buzz about Leathersich and his quick rise through the system. If he can show improved command this spring, he might make it difficult for the front office to send him back to Las Vegas.

35 comments
tullers
tullers

Don't see how he's ready for the bigs...his numbers in Las Vegas last year are frightening.  He needs a bit more seasoning...let him work on his control in Vegas, not Citi Field.

Brandon Lee
Brandon Lee

I'd like to see the bullpen looking that this on Opening Day: Parnell, Hanrahan, Farnsworth, Black, Edgin, Torres, and Rice. Farnsworth could be replaced by German or Familia and Leathersich could replace Rice. 

Post Mortimer
Post Mortimer

He's probably not ready, because he had absolutely no success in AAA...but also, Baron, he wouldn't be addressing the left-side weakness and he shouldn't really be competing with Edgin.  Just take a look at his splits.  This is what concerns me about Leathersich: people see a lefty and expect that he's tough on lefties, but that's not this guy.  Hopefully Terry doesn't get match-up-blindness whenever he does make it up.

Kyle Fox
Kyle Fox

That's weird, I thought for sure he'd want to be the first cut...

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Um, Jack Leathersich should not get sent down because he's not on the roster. If he dominates, he and Rice would make a terrific pair of lefties in the bullpen, and would also prevent one (Rice) from being overworked. Edgin got himself on the map with a very nice spring training a couple of years ago. He was never a legitimate prospect and hasn't had the success to back up the Mets faith in him. He's nice as depth, but he isn't the difference maker Leathersich can be.

mikerolli
mikerolli

If the mets are goin to be cheap with Drew I pray mets get young bullpen arms that make the team - so far great signs oye

mets2891
mets2891

It's really frustrating that ownership couldn't have opened their wallets and brought in one solid veteran arm to stabilize the bullpen.  How many times do we have to go into the season with so many damn question marks?

Kurt Carson
Kurt Carson

It'll be very interesting when there's a post reading "_____ DOES NOT want to make the team this spring. Maybe next one, we'll keep you updated."

yankeehater
yankeehater

If I see Montero in the pen anytime before September (so his innings are limited) im not going to be too pleased.

Daniel Wexler
Daniel Wexler

I believe Leathersich led ALL minor league relievers in walks/9. Love the arm but he's not major league ready and 15 ST innings won't say otherwise. Walters on the other hand could very possibly make this team. I suspect Parnell, Edgin, Rice, Familia, Farnsworth, Torres, Black are pretty close to locks with ok springs.

Balonius
Balonius

@Zach Ripple  Um. Um. Um um um um um um um um um u mu m um u m u m u m u. Please do your thinking on your own time.

slainte2
slainte2

@mets2891  

am i delusional to think there is more talent in bullpen than there has been in years?  

Banned in MB
Banned in MB

@mets2891  I'm always partial to spending the money on position players and pulling relievers from the farm. Looking at this team's history, under the current GM, we can agree that we haven't been so lucky.  


I have a feeling this kid is going to be a good addition to the pen.


Honestly just bring the DH to the NL.



mikerolli
mikerolli

Mets2891 mets have one mind don't spend a lot just enough to bring net fans to citi- but I don't think met fans trust the wilpon's - wouldn't be shocked if the mets ticket holders just send tickets to stubhub- sign Drew!!!

Daniel Wexler
Daniel Wexler

@yankeehater I really, really doubt Montero is in the pen beyond limiting his innings come August/Sept. They have too many (even if questionable) options in the pen and they will likely run through those (and external options) before going to Montero.

Christopher Soto
Christopher Soto

@Daniel Wexler  In fairness....the PCL is a difficult level to adjust to. Wheeler stated in an interview once that the lack of humidity makes it difficult to grip the baseball which leads to bouts of wild control.


The main focus point for us on Leather should be the fact that his K/9 rates remained unchanged even at the AAA level. He'll get the BB's under control

mikerolli
mikerolli

Bullpen up in the air never know from yr to yr

mets2891
mets2891

@mikerolli The thing is, even if the Mets sign Drew, is this really the off-season that we've been sold for years now?  I'm just getting tired of this.

Daniel Wexler
Daniel Wexler

@mikerolli The truth is really only winning a lot of games sell tickets over an extended period. Even if they signed someone like Ellsbury there might be a bump but not as much as one might think. Attendance likely looks a lot like 2013 with/without Granderson.

NotoriousPING
NotoriousPING

@Daniel Wexler @yankeehater  You have to also understand that the Mets are gunning for the same approach as the Cardinals, which is using starting pitchers in the bullpen. Ex Carlos Martinez....


So i think its very likely that Montero ends up in the bullpen first

Daniel Wexler
Daniel Wexler

@Christopher Soto @Daniel Wexler Chris, Leathersich's command may have been effected somewhat by the PCL but to lead the ENTIRE minors in walks can't be blamed on the PCL. His command has been an issue his entire career. Career 5.0 BB/9 including 4.9 at AA, and 9.0 at AAA. I didn't suggest he will never help the Mets. I suggested he's not ready to help the 2014 Mets on opening day. 29 innings 29 walks can't be blamed on the league I'm sorry, not when he walked 16 in 29 innings at AA 

mikerolli
mikerolli

Wilpon's shouldn't be owner in a big market town terrible job - I do like Collins as head coach not his fault he's stuck with the roster - however I do think mets can win 15 mite games this yr if most of the key players stay healthy oye

bunky
bunky

@mets2891 @bunky @mikerolli  
I disagree . . . that Cano contract is crazy and I don't love Ellsbury's either. 7 years for someone who's legs are that important? No thanks.

I liked the idea of bringing in McCann as C and 1B coverage, but that would have been very creative.

Otherwise, IMHO, the team is throwing money away. Drew for 2 years is what I'm hoping for.

Stay away from Cruz, please.


mets2891
mets2891

@bunky @mets2891 @mikerolli They should've made a play for a Cano or Ellsbury, but the idea that it was a forgone conclusion that the Mets wouldn't even enter the bidding is just a horrible indicator of the state of this franchise.  And I'm sorry, but we SHOULD be at 130 -140 million, this is NY, and I understand the reality but the reality is unacceptable.

bunky
bunky

@mets2891 @mikerolli  
But who else do you spend it on? just throwing money out there to show you can doesn't help anything . . .

Daniel Wexler
Daniel Wexler

@mets2891 @mikerolliThe 130-140 million dollar payroll is not coming back any time soon. The Mets best/only hope is the pitchers develop, some level of luck AND the FO is more aggressive on the trade market.

NotoriousPING
NotoriousPING

@Daniel Wexler  LOL i'm only talking about pro stats, guy! So how is this a different situation? How many starts in minor league, did Montero start last year? 16 for AAA. I'm just saying that he's been pegged by many that he's a bullpen pitcher, not a starter. Alderson has mentioned it as well, so its not out of the blue.


Martinez will be contending for a spot in the rotation in spring training. Just so you understand, Carlos Martinez is one of the best pitching prospects in ALL of baseball, yet the Cards had NO room in the rotation for him last year, which is why he was in the bullpen. He IS a starting pitcher, no doubt, (unlike Montero), so eventually he will be in the rotation. But, watch as he's not there after spring training. 


And believe me, I HOPE that he is in the rotation after spring training, i have him in my fantasy league, i got him for that exact reason. 

Daniel Wexler
Daniel Wexler

@NotoriousPING @Daniel Wexler He made 16 starts in AA/PCL and one start for the St. Louis Cardinals for a total of 17 starts in 2013. He did not break camp with the 2013 Cardinals and pitch 2013 out of the pen.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=matias001car


He's also not "stuck" in their pen this year

Carlos Martinez is pitching in the Dominican Winter League as a way to get some extra work in this offseason. Fall and winter leagues are usually reserved for guys who missed time during the regular season, but in Martinez' case the fact that he was used primarily out of the bullpen by the Cardinals this past season meant he finished the year with a lighter workload than usual. The Cardinals gave the 22-year-old their blessing but are monitoring his workload, and it's not expected to have any effect on his role next season. Martinez is expected to contend for a spot in the rotation in spring. Wed, Dec 18, 2013 07:00:00 PM Source: Cardinals.mlb.com

jamets
jamets

No, that is very unlikely.  The Mets consider Montero a starter and he will be given every oppportunity to succeed as a starter before they consider a move to the pen.

NotoriousPING
NotoriousPING

@Daniel Wexler  Where are you seeing that Carlos Martinez made 17 starts last year? He made ONE start. AND he's still stuck in the cards pen this season... I agree that putting him in the pen when they are not a contender is one thing, and putting there when they have something to play for is another, but the Mets and other scouts have been tossing around putting Montero in the pen full time, rather than a starter. Its very likely Alderson uses him in a similar way and keep Montero there if he does well in the pen

Daniel Wexler
Daniel Wexler

@NotoriousPING @Daniel Wexler@yankeehaterMartinez made 17 starts in 2013 and then pitched out of the pen. Not exactly a similar situation. Cardinals also were a legit contender. If the Mets were legit 2014 WS contenders I don't think anyone would take issue with Montero seeing time in the pen, however since they are not, sticking him in the pen and THEN stretching him out makes very little sense. The opposite starting until innings are a concern and then pitching out of the pen down the stretch makes far more (DePo has openly said this is something they are considering with both he and Thor). Thor likely has about 40 less innings to throw than Montero so they will need to monitor him even more closely. Martinez made 17 starts ended up throwing 28 total innings out of the Cardinals pen. It's not as if he pitched 2013 as a reliever and is now starting again. Martinez also didn't start in the pen for the Cardinals and then start later in the year.