Jaime Cerda was a draft and follow signee of the Mets in May 1999. The Mets used their 23 selection…
Scouting Report: Reliever, Jaime Cerda
Cerda has had 2 and 1/2 marvelous seasons in the Mets system. In a total of 187 innings pitched, Cerda has allowed only 126 hits, walked 45 hitters, and struck out 191 batters. Those are extremely impressive numbers including a small sample in Shea Stadium. He continues the impressive performance with a combined 58 K in 60 IP at Binghamton, Norfolk and New York in 2002. Year Team W-L Saves IP Hits BB K ERA 2002 NY Mets 0-0 0 7 3 2 8 1.23 2002 Norfolk 0-0 1 21 10 7 17 0.43 2002 Binghamton 5-1 0 32 21 10 33 2.27 2001 Norfolk 0-0 0 5 2 2 4 3.86 2001 Binghamton 1-0 3 20 17 6 22 3.10 2001 St. Lucie 2-1 6 56 40 12 56 0.97 2000 Pittsfield 4-1 5 47 33 6 51 0.57 *Stats as of 7/17/02. Repertoire. Fastball (FB), curve ball (CB), and change up (CU). Fastball. Cerda's FB sits in the 90-92 mph range. Other pitches: Cerda has a good CU and the CB needs some improvement. Pitching: Cerda possesses outstanding control. Projection: Setup if he improves the break on his CB. The Mets might have developed him as a SP had his CB been more effective. ETA: 2002. He has arrived a little sooner than expected. Should get an opportunity to stay. A good chance he'll still be considered a rookie after 2002. Left-Handed Relief Pitchers Team Jason Saenz AA - Binghamton Mets John Seibel AA - Binghamton Mets Chad Elliott A - St. Lucie Mets Blake McGinley A - St. Lucie Mets Ronald "Rylie" Ogle A - Capital City Bombers Brian Walker A - Brooklyn Cyclones Ryan Olson A - Brooklyn Cyclones Jayson Weir R - Kingsport Mets Ryan Danly R - Kingsport Mets COMMENTS: The Mets possess several good arms for various roles in the bullpen. Danly, Walker and Weir have the best upsides. Walker and Weir have enough repetoire to be converted to a SP. 1. Cerda projects to be a very solid lefty setup especially if he improves the break on his CB. He has excellent poise. 2. Saenz's lacks control of his CB and CU. He could also improve command of his FBs. In converting him to a RP in 2002, he may improve his command by eliminating his CU and 2-seam FB from his repetoire. He has a big breaking CB and for short stints his 4-seam FB sits in the 92-94 mph range. He has potential both as a setup and a situational lefty. 3. B. Walker has been injured the entire 2002 season. When healthy, he would move rapidly through the system as a RP. He has a good FB, CB and SL repetoire. The Mets could use him as a SP. 4. Weir has been closing at Kingsport. He could be reconverted to a SP. He also could move rapidly through the system if left as a RP. 5. Ryan Danly has the best upside of any LHP in the system. He already reaches the low 90s and possesses a promising CB. At 6'7", 190 lbs., Danly's projection is outstanding. 6. Although Yunior Cabrera is starting at Brooklyn. He's very likely to be returned to the bullpen. His command of his FB and CB should also allow him to move quickly. 7. Olson has an excellent CB, and has a chance to become a good situational lefty. 8. McGinley projects to be a middle RP. Do you have an opinion on the Mets? Be sure to let us know on the message board. NYfansonly.com is always looking for die-hard Mets fans who would like to be writers for the site. Click here to learn more on how to become a Mets beat writer for NYfansonly.com.
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