Jack Leathersich could be this year’s Josh Edgin

Posted: February 3, 2013 in Future Mets, News
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By Steven InmanimagesCADQ3WP8

During a question and answer with fans assistant General Manager J.P. Ricciardi was asked which minor leaguer he is really excited about for 2013 and he mentioned left hand reliever Jack Leathersich. “I think he’s one of the guys who could get a taste of the big leagues at some point this year,” Ricciardi said of Leathersich. “It’s nice to have a left-hander with a ‘strikeout-ability.”  The Mets selected Leathersich in the fifth round of the 2011 first-year player draft. In 38 relief appearances with Savannah and St. Lucie last year, Leathersich went 2-6 with a 3.00 ERA, having allowed 51 hits, 31 walks and only three home runs while striking out 113 batters in only 72 innings. I’m going to repeat that 113 strikeouts in 72 innings meaning he will likely move up to Binghamton to start the season.imagesCAU5LIB3

There is a good chance that Leathersich will be the first player that Sandy Alderson drafted with the Mets to make it to the big leagues.

If you remember at this time last year Josh Edgin had never been above single a St. Lucie as well and he spent the entire second half with the Mets in the big leagues and pitched well. Now Edgin is the primary left-hander going into the season for the Mets. The same might be said about the 22-year old Leathersich. He will probably start the season in double a Binghamton putting him on the fast track to the big leagues.

It is very encouraging that the Mets are starting to see some results in the minor leagues with some of their young power arms that are getting ready to make a splash in the big leagues.  You can never have enough left-handed relief especially in the N.L. East with all the great left-hand hitters in the division.

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