Final 2003 Scouting Report: LHP, Lenny DiNardo

Leonard DiNardo was the Mets' 3rd round selection in the June 2001 free agent draft. DiNardo who projected to be a 1st rounder slid in this draft because he lost velocity late in his senior probably due to a tired arm. DiNardo pitched for the Stetson University Hatters where he was a teammate of Frank Corr. DiNardo patterns himself after Tom Glavine. DiNardo has many Mets fans in his family and a harbinger of things to come, they asked him to sign with the Mets prior to the draft.

DiNardo was coming off a tough 17 months when he was 16-1 for Stetson, 5-0 for Team USA, and 10-3 for Stetson in his junior season that left him with a tired arm when the Mets drafted him. At 6'4", 187 lbs., DiNardo has room to grow so there is some projection possible. DiNardo might benefit greatly from adding 10-12 lbs. to his frame.

Aside from his regular season, DiNardo won a game during the Florida State League by pitching 6-shutout innings. DiNardo's combined peripheral ratios are strong: 7.1 hits per 9 IP; 1.9 BB per 9 IP; and 9.3 K per 9 IP. Despite the dominating ratios, DiNardo effectiveness is the result of tremendous command of his plus CB and plus CU, and guile rather than dominating stuff.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2003

Binghamton

1-3

40

35

13

36

3.60

2003

St. Lucie

3-8

85

64

14

93

2.01

2002

Capital City

5-5

101

106

56

103

4.35

2001

Brooklyn

1-2

36

26

17

40

2.00


*Stats as of 9/7/03.

Repertoire. 4-seam fastball (FB), 2-seam fastball, cut fastball, curve ball (CB), slider (SL) and change up (CU).

Fastball. When healthy DiNardo threw his 4-seam FB in the 90-91 mph range. The 4-seamer has excellent movement and in 2003 sat in the 87-89 mph range. The 2-seamer has solid movement and is in the 85-86 mph range. DiNardo added a cut FB in 2003 that he used with great effectiveness.

Other Pitches. DiNardo has an excellent CU/CB combination. He often uses a good SL as his K-pitch.

Pitching. DiNardo has great command of his CU and CB. He understands how to use his extensive repertoire.

Projection. DiNardo projects to a solid #3 SP in his prime. He could be better should he regain his velocity or learn to change speeds on his CB or CU.

ETA. 2005.

Starting Pitchers Team
Jeremy Griffiths AAA - Norfolk Tides
Patrick Strange AAA - Norfolk Tides
Jake Joseph AAA - Norfolk Tides
Phil Seibel AAA - Norfolk Tides
Bob Keppel AA - Binghamton Mets
David Mattox AA - Binghamton Mets
Joseph Cole AA - Binghamton Mets
Neal Musser AA - Binghamton Mets
Lenny Dinardo AA - Binghamton Mets
Matthew Peterson A- St. Lucie Mets
Kevin Deaton A- St. Lucie Mets
Joselo Diaz A- St. Lucie Mets
Wayne Ough A- St. Lucie Mets
Kenneth Chenard A- St. Lucie Mets
Scott Kazmir A - St. Lucie Mets
Yunior Cabrera A - Capital City Bombers
Matthew Lindstrom A - Capital City Bombers
Miguel Pinango A - Capital City Bombers
Adam Elliot A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Brian Bannister A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Shane Hawk A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Ryan Danly A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Vincent Cordova A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Yusemeiro Petit R - Kingsport Mets
Andrew Sides R - Kingsport Mets
Jose Gomez R - Kingsport Mets
Almenar Aristides R - Kingsport Mets
Jose Sanchez R - Tronconero Mets
Javier Perdomo R - Tronconero Mets
German Peguero R - DSL Mets
Heriberto Peralta R - DSL Mets


COMMENTS


Scott Kazmir is the Mets top LHP starting pitching prospect. DiNardo now sits behind him. In the long season leagues, Neal Musser and Brian Walker should be watched. Long-term Ryan Danly and Herberto Peralta have the best power arms. Phil Seibel appears headed to the bullpen. The start of the Kelvin Garay's and Edgar A. Alfonzo's careers have been derailed by arm soreness.

1. Scott Kazmir is arguably the top LHP prospect in MLB. He has a power arm with fairly decent command. With his his ability to change speeds on a big breaking slurvy SL, he doesn't need a CB, but an effective CU and perhaps a cut FB to become a dominant pitcher. The Mets have placed him on a strict pitch count to reduce the possibility of arm injuries. Improving his CU and eliminating the CB from his repertoire would reduce the risk of surgery as well.

2. Lenny DiNardo doesn't have a dominant repertoire, but has the characteristics of pitchers who often become front-end SP without the dominant stuff. Namely outstanding command of an extensive repertoire including 2 plus off speed pitches. For him to project to more than a middle of the rotation SP, some mix of the following are necessary: (a) regain velocity on his 4-seam FB; (b) learn to change speeds on his CB or CU; and (c) learn to occasionally turn over his 2-seam FB to give it screwball like action which John Franco and Pedro Martinez have done.

3. Neal Musser's continuing durability issues raises concerns about his future as a SP. He has a nice repertoire that would work.

4. Brian Walker finally showed signs of being healthy adding another LHP arm into the mix.

5. Phil Seibel has a repertoire that works nicely together and he has already demonstrated an ability to start of relieve.

6. Yunior Cabrera also has not demonstrated the durability to start and is likely to end up in the bullpen.

7. Shane Hawks was primarily a closer in college is being converted to a SP.

8. Ryan Danly is a power armed LHP. He complements it with a good CB. The question of whether he'll remain a SP is unclear.

9. Heriberto Peralta was the top LHP arm among the Mets Latin summer league teams.

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