Category: Relievers (Page 1 of 2)

Prospect Profile: RHP Witt Haggard

A 2015 draftee with not much experience on the mound but a bit of athleticism. Formerly a football player, Haggard brings some rawness to the mound, but could bring some upside.

(Photo Courtesy of The Meridian Star/Delta State University)

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Mets Sign RHP Justin Brantley

Mets yesterday signed right-hander Justin Brantley to round out the bullpen at Double-A Binghamton. He’s the nephew of ex-big leaguer Mickey Brantley and cousin of talented Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley.

(Picture: Tim Phillis/Tribevibe MLBBlogs)

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Prospect Profile: LHP Kelly Secrest

A lefty relief pitcher that has shot up the ladder for the Mets, but struggled a bit in Double-A. A senior sign in the 10th round, Secrest has been decent in the lower levels, but needs to take the next step in Double-A. Hey, when we cover all of these players, we cover ALL of these players.

(UNCW Website, John Crouch)

LHP Kelly Secrest

L/L, 6′ 225 lbs, 9/13/1991 (25), Drafted in the 10th round of the 2014 draft out of UNC Wilmington

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2014 22 0.6 Brooklyn A- 1.82 20 0 0 24.2 20 5 5 0 12 30 1.297
2015 23 0.1 St. Lucie A+ 3.14 38 0 1 57.1 50 21 20 0 23 49 1.273
2016 24 0.5 2 Teams A+-AA 3.58 34 1 1 55.1 44 24 22 4 29 57 1.319
2016 24 -0.5 Binghamton AA 5.51 12 0 0 16.1 14 12 10 1 10 20 1.469
2016 24 0.9 St. Lucie A+ 2.77 22 1 1 39.0 30 12 12 3 19 37 1.256
All Levels (3 Seasons) 3.08 92 1 2 137.1 114 50 47 4 64 136 1.296

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Profile: RHP Logan Taylor

Another relief arm invited to 2017 Mets Spring Training who was effective last year in Binghamton. Mets were so happy with his performance that he was given a chance to make the team out of spring training for 2017. The pitcher has great stuff, but hasn’t been able to put it together as a starter, so they converted him to relief. His strikeouts jumped in 2016 after switching from starting to relief and he looks to be a possible future ‘pen piece.

(Photo by Scoopnest.com)

RHP Logan Taylor

R/R, 6’3″ 230 lbs, 12/13/1991 (25), Drafted in 2012 in the 11th round out of East Oklahoma State College

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev ERA G GS GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2012 20 -1.2 Brooklyn A- 0.93 13 0 6 0 19.1 11 3 2 0 2 19 0.672
2013 21 -0.7 Savannah A 2.67 7 7 0 0 30.1 28 10 9 0 9 35 1.220
2014 22 0.6 2 Teams A-Rk 2.37 11 11 0 0 64.2 55 21 17 7 16 55 1.098
2014 22 1.6 Mets Rk 1.12 3 3 0 0 16.0 14 2 2 0 2 16 1.000
2014 22 0.3 Savannah A 2.77 8 8 0 0 48.2 41 19 15 7 14 39 1.130
2015 23 0.1 St. Lucie A+ 3.69 24 22 0 0 136.2 127 68 56 8 55 98 1.332
2016 24 -0.5 Binghamton AA 3.99 44 5 11 0 85.2 85 42 38 5 39 99 1.447

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Profile: LHP Seth Davis

A Senior Sign from 2015 who was drafted in the 29th round out of a small school in Illinois. This little lefty has been pretty effective in the lower levels of the minors as a reliever, and will likely stay as a reliever. He has been climbing step by step through the levels, and if he continues, may be an effective relief option moving forward.

(Picture from Augustana College Twitter)

LHP Seth Davis (College Stats)

L/L, 5’9″ 200 lbs, 5/8/1993 (23), Drafted in the 29th Round of the 2015 draft out of  Augustana College

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev ERA G GS GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP
2015 22 1.4 Kingsport Rk 2.79 11 0 6 1 19.1 20 6 6 1 3 22 2 1.190
2016 23 1.1 Columbia A 2.31 36 1 11 1 70.0 60 22 18 4 28 64 10 1.257

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Prospect Profile: RHP Kevin McGowan

Another pitcher that has been invited to Big League Camp, this is a tall pitcher who wasn’t effective as a starter, but has been very good as a reliever. This flamethrower came from D2 Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.

RHP Kevin McGowan

R/R, 6’5″ 235 lbs, 10/18/1991 (25), Drafted in the 13th round of the 2013 draft (386th overall) out of Franklin Pierce University.

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Prospect Profile: RHP Jimmy Duff

A lesser known relief pitcher from New York who was drafted and signed by his favorite team. He struggled last season after being promoted to Hi-A St. Lucie. He’s a tall guy who induces ground balls.

RHP Jimmy Duff (College Stats)

R/R, 6’6″ 200 lbs, 11/15/1993 (23), Drafted in the 20th round of the 2014 draft, 595th overall out of Stonehill College

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev ERA G GS GF SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO WHIP
2014 20 -0.5 Kingsport Rk 1.83 13 1 2 0 34.1 27 9 7 1 7 0 24 0.990
2015 21 -1.2 2 Teams A-A+ 3.00 47 0 28 13 60.0 56 21 20 2 9 2 57 1.083
2015 21 -0.9 Savannah A 3.48 35 0 22 12 41.1 40 17 16 1 8 2 44 1.161
2015 21 -1.9 St. Lucie A+ 1.93 12 0 6 1 18.2 16 4 4 1 1 0 13 0.911
2016 22 -0.6 2 Teams A+-A 5.40 39 0 23 8 56.2 77 38 34 7 20 6 46 1.712
2016 22 0.1 Columbia A 2.92 17 0 15 7 24.2 27 9 8 2 6 4 22 1.338
2016 22 -1.1 St. Lucie A+ 7.31 22 0 8 1 32.0 50 29 26 5 14 2 24 2.000

I’m not sure what to make of Jimmy Duff. Duff is just that kind of guy you really want to root for, since he grew up a fan of his hometown team and now he plays for them. However, he hasn’t been particularly effective in reduction of hits and striking out people.

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Prospect Profile: LHP Ben Griset

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

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev Aff ERA G GS GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP
2013 21 -0.3 Hudson Valley A- TBR 3.41 14 14 0 0 66.0 79 31 25 3 10 55 5 1.348
2014 22 -0.1 2 Teams A-A+ TBR 3.42 20 12 2 0 84.1 106 44 32 8 16 65 4 1.447
2014 22 0.1 Bowling Green A TBR 3.88 15 12 0 0 72.0 95 40 31 8 13 56 3 1.500
2014 22 -1.2 Charlotte A+ TBR 0.73 5 0 2 0 12.1 11 4 1 0 3 9 1 1.135
2015 23 1.1 Savannah A NYM 2.97 28 0 10 1 39.1 32 15 13 0 15 41 0 1.195
2016 24 0.9 St. Lucie A+ NYM 1.80 32 3 12 3 60.0 42 19 12 3 20 66 0 1.033

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Prospect Profile: RH Reliever Chasen Bradford

(MILB.com)

For Mets fans, the front office’s refusal to add a bullpen arm in free agency this year seemingly induces frustration and signals a lack of effort, a lack of creativity, or a lack of capital. For a fringe prospect Minor Leaguer who’s been in the system for half a decade, the refusal to add a bullpen piece thus far should say one thing: Door’s wide open.  Among non-roster invitee pitchers coming to Major League Spring Training for the Mets in 2017, Chasen Bradford fits the bill of fringe system prospect looking to finally break in.

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Prospect Profile: RHP Tyler Bashlor

Another lesser-known guy with some nice potential as a reliever, he fell off the radar after undergoing Tommy John Surgery after his 2013 and came back this past season and pitched for Columbia.

RHP Tyler Bashlor

R/R, 5’11”, 195 LBS, 4/16/1993 (23), Drafted 11th Round, 326th overall, 2013 Signed for $550,000

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2013 20 -0.5 Kingsport Rk 5.74 13 5 0 15.2 14 12 10 1 12 18 1.660
2016 23 1.0 2 Teams A-A+ 2.75 38 18 3 55.2 39 19 17 2 30 73 1.240
2016 23 1.1 Columbia A 2.50 34 17 3 50.1 35 16 14 2 28 68 1.252
2016 23 -0.1 St. Lucie A+ 5.06 4 1 0 5.1 4 3 3 0 2 5 1.125

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