Posted by Thomas Brennan at 10:00 AM
Tom Brennan - TOP 25 METS' PROSPECTS: #3 ROB GSELLMAN
Forget Rob Gsellman's 2016 minor league #'s, which were corrupted by having to pitch in the pitcher's penitentiary that is Las Vegas...so I will not even go there.
Like many, his career #'s excluding AAA have been fine. From now on, when a guy says to you, "But so and so did terrible in Vegas" just say "Whatever" and walk away.
Unlike most of the top 25 prospects, Rob got real pitching time in the majors. And after the 13th rounder in 2011 had just turned 23.
Here are his major league numbers, which were outstanding, especially when he delivered strong performance after strong performance and was instrumental in the Mets securing a Wild Card berth: 44.2 IP, 42 K, 4-2, 2.63 ERA.
What I saw of the athletic 6' 4" Gsellman in his 44.2 IP for the Mets in the pennant drive left me effusive: all I could say was 3 things: WOW…WOW…WOW.
The righty with the deGrom hairstyle actually pitched a lot like Jake: velocity getting into the mid 90's, fine breaking stuff and change up, command and maturity on the mound, and a strong sense of security that if he needs to start frequently for the Mets in 2017, it will be "real deal" talent, not Logan Verrett-like AAA+ pitching talent.
Not cast in stone, but I think Rob is the Mets' #5 starter going north this spring - it will be up to him to excel to keep his slot once Zach Wheeler is considered to switch to starter from the bullpen, Zach's most likely starting point in 2017. if so, maybe Rob stays the #5 starter and Zach stays in the pen this year.
Rob's 160 IP in 2016 forms a strong base for a Met starter's workload in 2017.
If Rob can put up pitching stats like the above for all of 2017, we've got quite a catch - possible rookie of the year? We'll see.
Can he field? Oh, he can core a apple, and field too. Just 6 minor league errors in 539 IP, and no errors in his 44.2 IP with the Mets.
Of course, most exciting of all, he got left shoulder surgery so he should be able to hack, which he was not able to do in the games he started with the Mets last year. The only real minor league hitting he did was in AA, where he was 2-14, with a walk and just 4 Ks. Not a big sample, but not bad - and you have to be able to hit to be a starting pitcher on the Mets, of that there is no doubt. Just ask deGrom, Thor, Matz, and even Harvey, who have combined to hit .167 in 461 major league at bats with 17 doubles, a triple, and 5 homers. Someone has to replace Bartolo Colon's mighty bat, maybe that is Mr. Gsellman.