Despite Binghamton dropping a back-and-forth contest to Portland on Tuesday night, Jack Leathersich continued his strong season and could see himself in Las Vegas before long. Leathersich, the New York Mets 5th round selection in 2011, has now extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 10 to open the season.
Leathersich pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in the 9-8 loss to Portland and struck out three in the process. the 22-year-old now has 15 punch-outs in 10 innings, good for an impressive 14.1 K/9.
Josh Edgin found himself in the same boat as Leathersich last year as he plowed his way through Binghamton and Buffalo before earning a promotion to the big league club where he saw immediate success. Since then, Edgin has seen anything but the success that rocketed him to the big leagues. After allowing two runs on four hits Tuesday night he’s now sporting a 10.80 ERA. Not surprisingly, he’s not missing many bats despite his velocity remaining fairly consistent (if not a tick or two below average velocity, which seems to be stemming from difficulty finding a consistent release point).
The difference between Edgin and Leathersich is the same thing that make them both successful: Their strikeout rates. Leathersich strikes out far more batters (14.7 K/9) than Josh Edgin (10.4 K/9) did in the minor leagues. It’s difficult to compare minor league statistics because the results are not definitively conclusive to major league success, but the two are very similar pitchers.
Leathersich’s continued performance could see him land in the big leagues as soon as June or July if the need for relief pitching persists (or Edgin’s struggles continue). On a night where the Mets endured the among the strangest games they’ve played, this performance was a very welcome addition.
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