A lesser known reliever who was older, but effective in the last few years. Mets signed him at the end of 2014 after he was released by the Rays. He was a starter for the Rays, but was converted to reliever with the Mets. I know you’re asking, “why cover a soon-to-be 25 year old lefty reliever who hasn’t gotten out of A-Ball?”
I cover everyone, just so you know who they are. I don’t care if you think they have a major league future or don’t. I cover them, so you know and so I do too (because often, I don’t remember all these reports)
LHP Ben Griset (College Stats)
L/L, 6’0″ 190 lbs, 3/12/1992 (24) , Drafted in the 13th round, 398th overall in 2013 out of St. Mary’s College of California by the Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Griset was originally signed by the Rays in the 2013 draft in the same round as current top reliever Kevin McGowan. It looked as though Rays didn’t feel that he was very effective, as he allowed 291 hits over 234.2 innings pitched as mostly a starter. He was cut in October 2013, and Mets signed him to a minor league deal and had him relieve in Savannah in 2015 and a majority of the time in St. Lucie in 2016. As a reliever, you can see that he was effective.
Griset throws from the left side, and has a pretty high leg kick that allows him to rear back and fire. As a starter, his fastball was sitting in the 89-90 range, touching 92 sometimes. I haven’t heard reports about his velocity in relief, but in relief I’d expect that his velocity has added a couple ticks. Griset’s fastball has a heavy sinking action that produces many ground balls.
He has a curve that is a true 12-to-6 (as in it pretty much drops vertically), but at the time of the draft, it showed to be pretty inconsistent. With more strikeouts and limited bursts, it likely has shown a bit more consistency. His changeup hasn’t had much talk, but the Mets are usually decent at developing a change.
He should be pitching at Double-A Binghamton this year, and if he’s effective, should get a bump to Triple-A Vegas should he perform well.
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