"I'm impressed that he misses the bat," pitching coach Glenn Abbott said of the 5-foot-11 southpaw from Massachusetts. "He's got good deception; it's not that he's throwing 95, it's that he's deceptive and he misses the bat."
Leathersich has started quickly in 2013, striking out 38 batters in 21.2 innings and allowing just four earned runs in his first sixteen appearances.
"It's going great," Leathersich said. "I'm trying to not really think about the numbers or anything. I worked very hard at the end of last year and I'm just trying to keep getting better."
Manager Pedro Lopez, who stresses fastball command with his pitchers, is happy with Leathersich in the early going, being most pleased with Leathersich's character.
"I'm [just impressed] with his overall makeup," Lopez remarked, "He seems to have fun every time he's out there. I like the way he goes about his business."
However Lopez believes there are several areas for Leathersich to improve on – besides the control of his fastball – in order to progress further in the Mets organization.
"He needs to do a better job of holding on runners, [particularly] keeping runners close to first."
Leathersich throws a fastball and curveball, but is most pleased right now with the way he's throwing his slider and changeup.
"My slider and changeup have come such a long way since I was drafted, they are a lot more consistent," Leathersich said. "Sometimes I get ahead of guys and try to get too fine trying to put them away instead of just throwing a nice quality strike."
When it comes to Lethersich's stuff Abbott is most attracted to his curveball.
"He's got a deceptive fastball but he's also got a good curveball," Abbott said. "I look for him (this year) to get more consistent and get better control of his pitches."
So far the move to Double-A has not seen any decline in his statistics. There has been very little about Jack Leathersich for Lopez or Abbott to complain about aside from the walks in the early goings of 2013.
"Pitching at the end of ballgames, he's been tremendous for us," Lopez said.
Fueled by his early success, Leathersich has a positive outlook for the remainder of 2013 and beyond.
"I'm just gonna worry about getting better every day," Leathersich added, "If I do that the future will take care of itself."
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