Leathersich has allowed only 61 hits with 151 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings in his minor league career.
During the off-season, Mets' special assistant J.P. Ricciardi told a group of season ticket holders at Citi Field Leathersich could make an impact at the Major League level this season.
Leathersich, 22, was the Mets' fifth round selection in the 2011 first-year player draft.
I had the opportunity to watch Leathersich in St. Lucie last season, and he was impressive in the sense that he isn’t tall, but he hides the ball so well -- especially against left-handers -- and he misses a lot of bats as a result. He seems to be doing similar things at Double-A Binghamton now, which indicates the learning curve could be very small for him. Leathersich reminds me a little of Billy Wagner in terms of his size and build, although Leathersich doesn’t throw as hard as Wagner did.
Leathersich got off to a fantastic start while in Savannah last season, as he was mostly unhittable in the early part of the season, striking batters out to a tune of nearly 14 per nine innings. While he didn’t disappoint with his strikeouts upon being promoted to St. Lucie (he struck out more than 14 batters per nine innings), he struggled a bit, which led to an inconsistent finish to his season. He is still having a few issues with command, but he's been able to overcome those struggles by striking a ton of hitters out. Eventually, he will have to cut down on the walks in order to succeed at higher levels, and hopefully that comes for him soon. He is an interesting talent in the system and is clearly on the team's radar -- considering he’s left-handed and can dominate, I expect he will get a lot of attention in the coming months as he progresses through Binghamton and into the upper levels of the organization.
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