Leathersich or Walters could make the Opening Day bullpen

It’s possible one of Mets pitching prospects LHP Jack Leathersich or RHP Jeff Walters could end up on the Opening Day roster, according to a one team official (Rubin, Feb. 7).

Starting pitchers Rafael Montero or Cory Mazzoni could be considered for the big-league bullpen as well, the team official added.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

These guys have all been repeatedly mentioned this winter by Terry Collins, Alderson and other team officials, as possible solutions for the bullpen. They’re all going to be in camp. They’re all intriguing. However, Walters is the only one of the bunch on the 40-man roster, so I assume he has a slight leg up. In any case, this will be among the better competitions to watch during spring training, since so much of this team’s future rests on the shoulders of these top, young arms…

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Greg Formeister
Greg Formeister

@bill, K-Rod just signed with the Brewers for 3.5 mil/1year. leathers tach can't be any worse than Edgin....

bill metsiac
bill metsiac

Of course, keeping Hawkins would've solved any possible problems  if looking for a veteran is indicated.(just as keeping Buck and Turner would've meant not needing replacements). 


But the pen, AS IS, doesn't look awful or close to it. With Parnell, Black , Familia, and Germen at the back end, Torres as long man, and Rice and Edgin from the left side, I'm comfortable. If Mejia doesn't win the #5 SP slot, he's available, and though I don't like the Farnsworth signing, he could surprise and win a spot.


If we need a cheap veteran, I still advocate K-Rod. He's a veteran, still young, coming off a solid '13 season, and desperate for a job. He's motivated for a strong '14, too, since that could mean a multi-year deal somewhere next weekend. He certainly figures to be better than Farnsworth.


Walters, Leathersich, DeGrom and others at AAA provide backup if someone falters.


Where's the big "need"?

Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

Montero can't be in the bullpen.  The guy has to start.  

tommets
tommets

Many are very weary of this year's bullpen. I am actually excited for it. Mostly made up of young, electric arms it should be very fun to watch. I'd rather use them then spend big money on a "reliable" reliever. I'd take a flier on Hanrahan or Gregg because they'd be cheap. Of course, we need one or two veterans there for their presence. 

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

I would prefer either of these two guys than any of the scrap heap names that have been mentioned thus far this off-season. Build from within.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

I mean this way they don't have to spend any money on the bullpen either. If anyone thinks this team is spending anymore money on proven players then you are delusional

drmetfan
drmetfan

Leathersich has a better shot of makiing the ML roster than Walters. There are a lot more options from the right side then left side.

The Feels
The Feels

As long as Leathersich doesn't walk the world, he'd be a nice piece to the pen. They'd have a high upside. 

mingo
mingo

I'm actually pretty excited about our bullpen this year. If it is as good as I think it will be, that is going to make a huge difference on the team and it may make us a winning team this year.

I expect our overall hitting will be improved over last year, I only hope our clutch hitting is better. I think that will be the main thing that Granderson brings to the table.

The Feels
The Feels

@Vin Santiago  Ideally, yes, but there's no room and i think it's better to showcase his talents on the big league roster to up his value. As good as some of these guys are, and as much as we get attached to them, we have to accept they're going to be traded for other needs. It's just a question of who gets traded. 

Chris
Chris

@drmetfan Leathersich has pronounced reverse platoon splits. I find it's best to think of him as a RHP who just happens to pitch with his left hand.

2013 - Leathersich (AA/AAA)

vs. RHH - .181/.308/.292 (.600 OPS)

vs. LHH - .329/.475/.408 (.883 OPS)

2012 - Leathersich (A/A+)

vs. RHH - .162/.276/.237 (.513 OPS)

vs. LHH - .267/.370/.337 (.707 OPS)

Erik Todd
Erik Todd

@mingo  I agree however we have to get off to a better start than last year. We were 5 games under .500 by the end of April... That doesn't help us at all... Need a fast start and some momentum... And Nelson Cruz wouldn't hurt either! 

slainte2
slainte2

can you email this to Terry? interesting stat, what is in his repertoire that causes this backwards result?