Another projectable arm that the Mets has drafted but hasn’t gotten the same fanfare and development arc as others. Oswalt is that forgotten young arm, but he still has some development to do on his overall stuff and work harder on his ceiling. He did well in the Arizona Fall League last October
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RHP Corey Oswalt
R/R, 6’5″ 245 lbs, 9/3/1993 (23), Drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 draft out of Madison HS. $475,000 bonus ($146,000 Slot)
As someone who follows the draft as closely as I do, every year since 2006, I listened to the picks as they were happened. You hear the boardrooms and as they’re picking their players, they usually don’t show much emotion, just read out the names, what school they come from, and where the school is by city and state. When Corey Oswalt was picked though, they cheered inside the boardroom and you could hear it. The entire room erupted into applause, and it was pungent.
He’s not related to Roy, if you’re wondering, and when he was drafted, he was more regarded as a third baseman. Nevertheless, the Mets love projectable arms and drafted him as a pitcher and believed so much in him that they gave him a very big overslot bonus. At the start, he was a guy with a big frame, broad arms, and a tough delivery with a fastball that reached 92, a breaking ball that hasn’t taken shape, and a non-existent changeup.
The Mets are good at refining mechanics, and it looks like they have done so since he was drafted, but his stuff hasn’t jumped in the way we’re hoping for. Even after a few cleanups and refinements, Oswalt hasn’t completely improved, despite growing an inch taller and having a great pitching frame.
While playing in the Arizona Fall League last October, reports suggested his fastball improved slightly to the low-90’s, touching 94. However, his breaking ball didn’t improve too much, but taking shape as a short slider that needs another step forward. His changeup has some circle action, but doesn’t have much separation to his fastball or movement. His control is already average, and he doesn’t walk many. He’ll need to develop both breakers however to continue to start.
He did pretty well in the AFL, posting a 3.33 ERA in 7 starts (27 innings) and striking out 21 in 27 innings against very tough opponents, likely giving the Mets an excuse to push him to Double-A Binghamton despite a tough and unhealthy year in St. Lucie. In Binghamton, he may get some help from pitching coach Glenn Abbott, who can help him with his mechanics further, and possibly gain an uptick or two in a great pitching frame, and possibly a better breaking pitch too.
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