The Mets lack a sure-fire closer prospect in the system. Tyler Yates (RHP) and Franklin Nunez (RHP)…
Final 2002 Scouting Report: RHP, Tim LaVigne
Tim LaVigne compiled a combined record of 2-5 and 16 saves. In 61 IP, he allowed 50 hits, issued 24 BB, and struck out 50. These are solid ratios for a projected middle reliever. Year Team W-L SV IP Hits BB K ERA 2002 Binghamton 2-3 9 35 29 15 25 2.86 2002 St. Lucie 0-2 7 26 21 9 25 3.76 2001 St. Lucie 1-0 0 5 4 2 2 0.00 2001 Captial City 5-3 12 63 51 21 44 2.29 *Stats as of 10/01/02. Repertoire. Fast ball (FB), curve ball (CB). Fastball. LaVigne's FB sits at 88-91 mph topping out at 92-93 mph. His FB has excellent movement. Other Pitches. LaVigne's big-breaking CB is his best pitch. Pitching. LaVigne has good command of his 2-pitch repertoire. Projection. Middle RP. ETA. 2004, perhaps sooner. Right-Handed Relievers Team Tyler Yates AAA - Norfolk Tides P.J. Bevis AA - Binghamton Mets Heath Bell AA - Binghamton Mets Tim Lavigne AA - Binghamton Mets Steve Bennett A - St. Lucie Mets Nick Mattioni A - St. Lucie Mets David Byard A - St. Lucie Mets Quentin Patterson A - Capital City Bombers Jason Scobie A - Brooklyn Cyclones COMMENTS With Tyler Yates requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Mets don't have a RP pitching in the system who can be a closer. Bevis, LaVigne and Bell are setups at best. Jake Joseph projects to be as good as any of the RP prospects. A closer prospect will most likely come from a converted SP prospect such as Jeremy Griffiths, Kenneth Chenard, Matthew Lindstrom, and Tyler Walker. 1. Paul Jon Bevis was an excellent acquisition by the Mets. The most effective relievers without dominant FB are those with a quality second pitch. 2. Kenneth Chenard has a serious repertoire and would make an excellent starter if he had better durability. The repertoire would make Chenard an outstanding swing type reliever. 3. Jake Joseph FB and SL combination should make him effective out of the bullpen. Joseph's best strikeout, SL, becomes less effective as a K-pitch the second and third time threw the order. Joseph's FB and SL are both difficult to elevate. 4. Tyler Yates' FB sat at 94-95 mph maxing out at 97 mph. He complemented his FB with a good SL. 5. Heath Bell's FB sits at 92-95 mph. He also complements with a good SL. 6. Tim LaVigne's best pitch is a big breaking CB complemented with a 88-92 mph FB with good movement. 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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