TWELVE GUPPY STARTERS OF PROMISE:
In Volume 8, I covered 12 more guys from mid A Savannah southward. Marcos Molina, Rob Whelan, Miller Diaz, John Gant, Robert Gsellman, Logan Taylor, Corey Oswalt, Casey Meisner, Martirez Arias, Andrew Church, Blake Taylor and Chris Flexen.
Which ones might be useful in 2015 and beyond?
Let me, in this Volume 9, cover my 5 reliever favorites above rookie ball – Cory Mazzoni; Jack Leathersich; Miguel Sokolovich; Akeel Morris; and, in a 5th place tie, Cody Satterwhite and Jeff Walters.
#2 Jack Leathersich – this lefty, selected 3 rounds after Cory in 2011, is oft maligned for his relative wildness and struggles against lefty batters, but over the past 2 seasons, righties slugged just .292 against him, and hit .192. Against lefties, he showed improvement in 2014. And he has struck out 334 in 197 innings, which is insane, how else to put it. He has struggled mightily with Vegas but let me note that in his last 9 Vegas outings, he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 8 innings and K’d 15, so maybe the Vegas struggles are being put behind him. Is he ready for the Mets pen in 2015? Up to Jack to show it.
Oh, and I should have included Dario Alvarez in my top 5, but since he had a NY Mets cup of coffee in 2014, I will leave the list to others who have not yet pitched from the Citifield pitching mound. Oh, and frankly, Paul Sewald has been terrific - he is in my Top 5, even, well, if that makes it more than 5. He is struggling a bit vs. higher Arizona Fall League competition, but 17 of his first 29 outs there have been by K...that makes me sit up and take notice.