New York Mets prospects

Jack Leathersich pitching well for Double-A Binghamton

By Danny Abriano

Left-handed reliever Jack Leathersich, who got a taste of Triple-A Las Vegas last season before returning to Double-A Binghamton, has been very good so far in 2014 for Binghamton.

Feb 18, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jack Leathersich (81) during spring training at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In 36 innings pitched, the 23-year-old Leathersich has posted a 2.75 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.

He’s walked 17 and struck out 64 (yes, 64 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched, it’s what he does).

The walk rate – a tick over four per nine innings – is still a bit high, but it’s an improvement over where Leathersich was in 2013.

Leathersich doesn’t throw terribly hard, sitting in the low-90s, but he’s always had the ability to miss bats.

The most intriguing thing about Leathersich is that he’s a lefty. Coming into 2014, though, he had severe reverse-platoon splits.

However, many feel that Leathersich’s splits are too small of a sample size to be taken seriously, meaning that he still may have a future as a lefty specialist.

If he doesn’t turn into a true lefty specialist, Leathersich may have the stuff to be a crossover reliever.

The Mets’ bullpen, with the emergence of Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, and Vic Black, has been fantastic lately, but it’s getting close to the time where promoting Jack Leathersich – jumping him over Triple-A Las Vegas in the process – makes sense.