Mets’ pitcher Logan Verrett is pulling his weight and earning his stay

That’s two consecutive appearances against the Reds, and two relief victories for Logan Verrett.

Don’t look now, but he presently leads the Mets pitching staff with a 3-0 record.

Originally selected by the Mets in the third round of the 2011 June amateur draft, Logan split the 2012 season between (A) Savannah, and (A+) Port St. Lucie, where he combined to throw 103.1 innings, and post an overall 5-2 record with a 2.70 ERA, and 0.968 WHIP.

Verrett was assigned to (AA) Binghamton in 2013 where he went 12-6, but posted an elevated 4.25 ERA and 1.144 WHIP through 146 innings pitched, yet still averaged 8.1 K/9 for a second straight season.

He was promoted through the system again in 2014, and spent the season pitching with the (AAA) Las Vegas 51s in the challenging conditions of the Pacific Coast League. Verrett made 28 starts, and posted an 11-5 record with a 4.33 ERA.  Surrendering 188 hits in 162 innings pitched inflated his WHIP to an unsightly 1.370 mark, while his K/9 average slipped by nearly two points to a 6.6 mark.

At 6’2″ and 190 lbs., he’s never been the most imposing hurler to climb a mound.  Some may even find his 90-mph fastball ordinary, but I’d argue his 83-mph slider and change-up compliment his fastball well enough.  He also dabbles with a curveball from time to time, which I hope he can develop further.

Despite what seemed like stalling development through the higher levels of the Mets system, I nevertheless became a fan of his.  You can attribute that to the underdog effect.  But the Mets apparently thought otherwise, and in December of 2014, the Baltimore Orioles claimed an unprotected Logan Verrett in the Rule-5 draft.  Naturally, I was sorry to see him go.

In April of 2015, the Texas Rangers in turn selected Verrett off waivers from the Orioles, who then made his major league debut for the Rangers on April 8th.  He appeared in just four games for Texas before being returned to the Mets in May.

From June through October, Logan went on to appear in 14 games, and made four starts for the Mets, in which he posted a 3.03 ERA over 38.2 innings pitched.  He lowered his WHIP to a 0.879 mark, and raised his rate of strikeouts back up to an 8.4 K/9 average.

The balance of his 2015 season was spent back with Las Vegas, where his performance once again made fans (and the organization) ponder his future with the Mets.  He threw 64.2 innings over 18 appearances and 11 starts, and posted a 5-3 record with a 4.59 ERA and 1.361 WHIP, while his K/9 average dipped again to a 7.4 mark.

Verrett was impressive enough during Spring Training so as to earn a spot on the Mets opening day roster.  He surrendered just two earned runs over 15.2 innings pitched for a 1.15 ERA, and allowed 13 hits and no walks for a 0.83 WHIP, with seven strikeouts.

Through the first 19 games of the season, Verrett has already become near indispensable, serving as an effective bridge to Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia.  He’s made two starts and four relief appearances thus far, in which he’s logged 16.1 innings with an 0.55 ERA.  He surrendered 12 hits, issued six walks, but has fanned 13 batters to date for a 7.1 K/9 average.

He struck out the only batter he faced in Monday’s series opener against the Reds, then tossed two scoreless innings to earn his second straight victory on Tuesday.

For the moment, the 25-year old right-hander is pulling his weight.

Let’s just hope this continues, and that his time previously spent in Las Vegas was just one of those things.

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