“That’s the mindset for everybody here," he said (Rubin, Feb. 10). "I’m just going to go out there and give it my all and see what happens.”
It’s possible Leathersich or RHP prospect Jeff Walters could end up on the Opening Day roster, according to a one team official (Rubin, Feb. 7). Starting pitchers Rafael Montero and Cory Mazzoni could be considered for the big-league bullpen as well, the team official added.
The Mets are short on the left side of the bullpen, so Leathersich's potential to dominate cannot be ignored this spring. He's not very tall, but he throws his fastball in the low 90's and is equally difficult for lefties and righties to pick up, which helps explain his impressive strikeout totals. Leathersich's big issue is control and reducing his walks.
He isn't on the 40-man roster, so Leathersich could fall victim in a numbers game to Josh Edgin. Still, there's a lot of buzz about Leathersich and his quick rise through the system. If he can show improved command this spring, he might make it difficult for the front office to send him back to Las Vegas.