"He's just got to get a better command on his pitches, especially that fastball. He's also got to get a better hand on those breaking ball pitches and get that separation between his curveball and slider," pitching coach Glenn Abbott said.
"If he makes those changes, then he definitely has a chance to pitch in the big leagues. Almost everyone here has the ability to get that, and he'll get there if he makes those changes."
This is Peavey's second season in professional baseball. He was chosen in the sixth round of the 2010 draft by the Mets. He played with the Savannah Sand Gnats last season and was promoted mid-season to the St. Lucie Mets in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Peavey, 23, worked on maintaining his normal weight during the offseason, but did try to work on increasing his strength. He says Spring Training went well.
"I threw a lot of strikes during Spring Training. I mostly worked on my changeup and fastball command. I was preparing to go up against the better pitchers," Peavey said.
Abbott agreed that Spring Training went well for Peavey. He thinks the pitcher's changeup improved a lot, but also said Peavey needs to get over his front side and work on getting the ball down.
Even though Peavey was not pitching with the team early on in Spring Training, Lopez saw a lot of good things in Peavey.
"His fastball command and his secondary pitches were solid," Lopez said.
Peavy started off strong this year earning two wins against the Erie Seawolves and Portland Sea Dogs. The right-hander from Vancouver, Washington kept hits minimal and allowed almost no runs, earning him Pitcher of the Week by the Eastern League.
But he ran into a little trouble during his third outing against the Portland Sea Dogs, and was pulled out in the third inning after allowing five runs.
"It was just the third inning that messed him up. He put the ball up more. In the third inning it was too elevated, and he couldn't get it back down. But that's what happens sometimes," Abbott said.
Peavey agreed with Abbott that his pitches were too high in the zone. "That's what happens in these games. You're going to pay for the mistakes you make," he said.
First-year manager for the B-Mets Pedro Lopez said that Peavey's playing has been outstanding so far this season, and had a strong fastball command in the first two innings of that game. He says it was only the third inning that he performed poorly in and does not want outings like to keep him from moving forward.
"You know he ran into a little trouble in that outing. His fastball command wasn't there for him, and he needs that fastball in order to be successful. But I'm expecting him to go out there and do well next outing," manager Pedro Lopez said prior to Tuesday's solid outing. "He just needs to stay healthy and keep learning."
Peavey pitched against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats last Thursday in what was his first loss of the season, giving him a W-L record of 2-1.
"Most players at this level look at the bad parts. He needs to take what he did wrong and fix it," Lopez said.
Peavey strives to get better each day and wants to give the team the chance to win every outing he pitches, just like he did in Tuesday's quality outing against Akron where he surrendered just two runs in six innings.
Peavey Needs To Stay Down
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