Final 2003 Scouting Report: RP, P.J. Bevis

The Mets acquired P. J. Bevis from the Arizona Diamondbacks for outfielder Mark Little in 2002 whom the Mets had acquired from the Rockies in the deal that sent Jay Payton to the Rockies. The Diamondbacks signed Bevis as an undrafted International free agent out of Australia in 1998. Bevis emerged as a prospect in 2001 after he bulked up and the Diamondbacks made adjustments in his arm slot. (Free Example of Premium Content)

After spending 3 seasons in short season leagues, Bevis started 2001 at Yakima (0.64 ERA), a rookie league team, jumped to El Paso (2.16 ERA) AA. He had a combined record of 1-1, 14 saves, and 41 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched.

In 2003, Bevis continued his success at AA. With the logjam of pitching at AAA, Bevis returned to Binghamton. Despite posting a 4-7 record and 4.18 ERA at Binghamton, Bevis' combined peripheral numbers remain excellent: 6.5 hits per 9 IP; 3.6 BB per 9 IP; and 12.3 K per 9 IP. Still Bevis needs to improve his control, if he is to succeed at the MLB level.

The problem with evaluating a pitching prospect solely upon record and ERA is that they are often team stats rather than represent individual achievement. In Bevis' case, aside from Royce Ring, the other members of the B-Mets bullpen performed like a nightmare out of Fahrenheit 451 – that is they started fires or put oil on existing fires (no books included) rather than put them out.

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2003

Norfolk

1-0

0

8

2

2

8

0.00

2003

Binghamton

4-7

6

71

55

30

100

4.18

2002

Binghamton

1-0

0

7

5

3

14

1.29

2002

El Paso

4-5

11

64

50

29

62

2.83

2001

El Paso

0-0

6

17

11

6

19

2.16

2001

Yakima

1-1

8

14

9

7

22

0.64

2000

Missoula

3-6

0

84

92

22

63

3.33

1999

Missoula

6-2

0

86

83

30

69

4.65

1998

Arizona

3-3

0

45

55

10

48

5.96


*Stats as of 9/7/03.

Repertoire. 4-seam fastball (FB), curve ball (CB).

Fastball. Bevis' FB sits at 92-93 mph that tops off at 95 mph.

Other Pitches. Bevis throws an overhand hard CB that he improved substantially in 2003. And, he throws a second CB that ranges from 66-69 mph.

Pitching. Needs to improve his control and better locate his FB. Also, Bevis pitches backward in attempting to set up his slow CB with fastballs in strikeout situations. That might work at AA, but MLB hitters are likely to foul off the slow CB. He'll need to work using both CBs to set up his FB to get strikeouts against MLB hitters.

Projection. Middle relief and eventually a setup.

ETA. Before the end of 2004.

Relievers Team
Tyler Yates AAA - Norfolk Tides
Orber Moreno AAA - Norfolk Tides
Dan Wheeler AAA - Norfolk Tides
Heath Bell AAA - Norfolk Tides
Jason Scobie AAA - Norfolk Tides
Mike Cox AA - Binghamton Mets
Paul-Jon Bevis AA - Binghamton Mets
Jason Saenz AA - Binghamton Mets
Nick Mattioni AA - Binghamton Mets
Tim Lavigne AA - Binghamton Mets
Steve Bennett A - St. Lucie Mets
Blake McGinley A - St. Lucie Mets
Rafael Lopez A - St. Lucie Mets
David Byard A - St. Lucie Mets
Bryan King A - Capital City Bombers
Carlos Muniz A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Celso Rondon R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


The Mets possess good depth at RP. Most teams normally convert SP into RP at some stage in the development process. The Mets have 3 closer prospects that were recovering from surgery in 2003: Tyler Yates, Orber Moreno and Franklin Nunez. The Mets added closer prospects in Royce Ring and Kole Strayhorn in deals respectively with the White Sox and Dodgers. The Mets also added Josele Diaz and Anderson Garcia in trades with the Dodgers and Yankees. The Mets are currently using them as SP, but neither yet have the repertoire to start. Thus, the eventually might be added to the closer mix.

The Mets have decent depth in LHP RP prospects: Mike Cox; Jason Saenz; and Blake McGinley. Further, Yunior Cabrera, Brian Walker and Ross Peeples could easily be lefties added to the bullpen. There is also some depth in pitchers who might serve a variety of roles in the bullpen such as Heath Bell, Jason Scobie, Tim LaVigne, PJ Bevis, Rafael Lopez, Celso Rondon, Carlos Muniz, and Bryan King. Certain SP such as Jake Joseph and Joey Cole should find their way into the bullpen.

1. Tyler Yates, who reached 100 mph in Spring Training, is recovering from TJ surgery. The Mets have been using him as a starter. I still expect him to return to the bullpen. His FB possesses good movement and his SL sharp break. He'd be the top closer prospect.

2. Orber Moreno, once the KC Royals closer of the future, is recovering from both shoulder and elbow surgeries that have derailed him since 2000. He features a mid-90s FB with great movement, SL and CU. He struggled in his September callup.

3. Franklin Nunez features a high 90s FB with a SL, Splf. FB, and CU.

4. While Cox may have better stuff, McGinley is the surest of the lefty propects to pitch in MLB. He features a mid-to-high 80s FB with excellent movement, a sharp break curve and effective CU. He's added a SL. His repertoire is extensive enough to be considered for an opportunity to start.

5. Mike Cox has been plagued by control issues, he has great stuff a low-90s FB with excellent movement and a sharp breaking CB.

6. Royce Ring throws a low 90s FB with nasty movement, a sharp breaking pitch and a decent CU.

7. Mike Strayhorn features a mid-90s FB that tops out at 97-98 mph.

8. P.J. Bevis should be an effective in either as a middle RP or in a setup role.

9. Tim LaVigne, who features a big breaking CB, is another candidate for middle RP or setup.

10. Jason Scobie looks, at best, like a candidate for middle RP/long RP/spot SP. He features a quality CB and SL. He also has a 2-seam FB with solid sink and a CU with good drop.

11. Rafael Lopez is another RP who could fill the middle RP/long RP/ spot SP role.

12. Jake Joseph might make an excellent setup with his excellent 2-seam FB, slurvy SL and CU combo.


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