Mets option Montero to Triple-A, recall Leathersich
The Mets announced after Tuesday’s game that they have optioned Rafael Montero back to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled LHP Jack Leathersich.
Montero allowed two runs in 5.2 innings during his spot start on Tuesday night, but it was reported on Monday that he would likely return to the minors after the game.
Leathersich, 24, will be getting his first taste of the majors.
So far this season for Las Vegas, Leathersich has posted a 2.57 ERA (3.19 FIP) and 0.86 WHIP in seven innings pitched (seven appearances) while striking out 16.7 per 9 and walking 2.57 per 9.
Two important things about Jack Leathersich…
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1. He’s always been a strikeout machine, and he’s had a penchant for walking way too many hitters ever since he joined High-A St. Lucie in 2012. So far this season, though, he’s gotten his control in check.
2. While he’s a left-hander, he’s had reverse platoon splits at most of his stops throughout the minors. Like Alex Torres, this is not someone to use as a LOOGY.
Leathersich has a plus fastball, but it’s the way the ball comes out of his hand that gives hitters fits. It’ll be fun to see what he can do out of the pen with the Mets if given the chance, since there’s no reason to believe his high strikeout totals are a fluke. If Leathersich can locate, he can be an asset.
However, Leathersich may just be here for a cup of coffee, with the Mets having to make another move when David Wright is activated from the disabled list – perhaps as early as Saturday.
When Wright comes back, I’d option Erik Goeddel to the minors and keep Leathersich around to see what he can do. Leathersich has certainly earned it with the way he’s pitched so far this season, and he offers far more upside than Goeddel.