There’s good stuff from Walters, who credits his off-season training regime for his good 2013, B-Mets Pitching Coach Glen Abbott and manager Pedro Lopez in there.
Walters was very good for the B-Mets in 2013, setting a franchise record with 38 saves. Look deeper though. The 25-year-old’s success this year was a pleasant surprise.
His crude chronology:
2011 – Ordinary starter for Brooklyn
2012 – Dominant first half for Savannah, as a 24-year-old reliever, old for the SAL
2012 – ordinary second half as a reliever for St. Lucie where he was still old for the FSL
2013 – Excellent 2013 for AA Binghamton, where he was old for the EL
His more detailed (numerical) chronology
|EL LEAGUE AVG||4.00||14768.33||14340||7533||6569||1249||5787||12812||730||930|
|EL LEAGUE AVG||3.5||7.8||2.2||0.8||8.7||4.6||9.1||20.1||2.0||63718|
Anyone who predicted Walter’s slightly improved fastball, or dramtically improved results moving from the Florida State League to the Eastern League should just hop up and take a bow.
Walters is a fastball/slider guy who was mostly 92-93 in Savannah a few years ago. This year, he was 92-94, touching 95 and 96. That matters. He’s up to a comfortably plus fastball.
HIs slider at 82-86 can be a big league pitch.
I strongly suspect the Mets will add him to the 40-man roster this fall to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. From there, he will start 2014 in AAA, and as long as he’s pitching well, find his way to the big leagues by the heat of summer.