Morning Prospect Reading: Role Changes, a Perfect Delivery and Lots of Viola

Link- STEP Camp, for the Mets top prospect began over the weekend. The full roster is here. In the last two years, every starter on a full-season team on Opening Day attended either MLB camp or STEP Camp.

- At ESPNNY, Adam Rubin reports that Erik Goeddel will be transitioning to a bullpen role. This is not a surprise. In fact, when I ranked him as the Mets’ 33rd-best prospect, I had already factored in a move to the bullpen into his valuation.

- At Fangraphs, Jeff Sullivan did a great piece about Juan Lagares and how much outfield defense shifts in value year-over-year. He found range rankings are more stable than arm ratings, where Juan Lagares excelled last season.

Articles about Pitching Prospects

The Mets beat writers have figured out that Frank Viola 1. knows all of the minor league pitchers and 2. gives a great quote.
Viola on Rafael Montero

“I don’t know if you’ll ever have a perfect delivery but that’s as close as you’re going to see…”

Mike Vorkunov in The Star-Ledger

On Jeff Walters

“He went from 89 to 91 [mph], all the way up to 97 sometimes,’’ Viola said. “Sometimes it’s just a mental thing. In the bullpen you just react and go. He thrives on the moment and he’s learning how to win.

Kevin Kiernan in the NY Post. There’s other good stuff on Walters, a three-sport athlete in high school who called Bronson Arroyo his “hair idol”  in there too.

On Jack Leathersich

“In Triple-A he finally couldn’t get hitters out just by throwing up in the strike zone, and now he has to adjust. He has to get a little mentally tougher and attack the strike zone.

John Harper in the NY Daily News, who compared Leathersich to Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams.
The best quote in Harper’s article comes from Leathersich’s buddy, Zack Wheeler, “Hitters tell me he throws an invisi-ball. For some reason, they just don’t see it very well.”

Bad
John Delcos submits his bid for “Worst Spring Training Article of the Year.”

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