Disclaimer (because someone will ask why a player I didn't see isn't on this list): This is a ranking of the best Mets prospects I saw in person this year. This is not a comprehensive Mets prospect list. I did not see Las Vegas, St. Lucie or the GCL team this year. If a player is not on the list, it is most likely because I did not see him. Otherwise, all rankings are consistent with how I would order the players within the Mets system. Oh yeah, and I am not a scout.
7. Logan Verrett, RHP
Age: (as of Opening Day 2014) 23.7
Acquired: 3rd round, 2011
2013: 146 IP, 22.5 K%, 5.3 BB%, 136 H, 21 HR
Date(s) seen: 4/11/13 vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR): 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
5/20/13 vs. New Britain Rock Cats (MIN): 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
7/10/13 Eastern League All-Star Game: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
The short of it: Verrett is a bulldog on the mound, but didn't quite have the stuff to challenge Double-A hitters and get away with it in 2013.
The long of it: I wrote about Verrett at the beginning of the year, and my opinions were only reinforced in subsequent looks. He features simple mechanics and a three-quarters armslot that he repeats well on all four of his offerings. Everything is pretty easy, and although Verrett had a shoulder impingement at the beginning of 2012, there's nothing there to portend future injury issues. Fastball is below-average to fringy at 88-90, and will tick down across longer outings. Command is average, but Double-A hitters can square it. Slider is the primary and best secondary offering. When it is going good, it is low-80s and features sharp two-plane break. Could be a swing-and-miss pitch at the highest level with more consistency, but Verrett throws it in bunches, and will hang it. Change is a nice pitch, potentially an average major league offering, though he doesn't show it a ton. Will use a slow curve on occasion against righties for a first pitch strike. Likes to work backwards, and will throw offspeed stuff behind in the count. You can drive his fastball if you know it's coming. Between that and the hanging sliders, home runs and hard contact will be an issue. If he can find more velocity in short bursts, could be a useful pen arm with that slider as a poor man's Luke Gregerson.
The projection: 7th inning guy
Risk Factor: Medium. Two potential major league secondaries in the slider/change, but small margin for error for righthanders with below average fastball velocity.
What’s next: Verrett didn't exactly dominate the Eastern League, but I expect him to break camp in Las Vegas. Curious to see what his role would be. Imagine they will give him every chance to start.
What I'll be looking for in 2014: Can he limit the hard contact in Vegas? Yeah, no one said it was going to be easy.