Scouting Pitcher, Jaime Cerda

Jaime Cerda was a draft and follow signee of the Mets in May 1999. The Mets used their 23 selection in the June 1998 draft to pick Cerda. Cerda attended Fresno City College. Cerda's career was delayed until 2000 when Cerda needed "Tommy John" surgery.

Cerda has had 2 marvelous seasons in the Mets system. In a total of 127 innings pitched, Cerda has allowed only 92 hits, walked 26 hitters, and struck o ut 133 batters. One only needs to watch Jamie Moyer pitch to see the benefits of being able to effectively use an outstanding change up.

*Stats as of 9/4/01.

Repertoire. Fastball (FB), curve ball (CB), and change up (CU).

Fastball. Cerda throws his FB in the 87-89 mph range with solid movement.

Other pitches: Cerda throws a solid CB and has an outstanding CU.

Pitching: The CU and CB makes it difficult for hitters to time his FB. Cerda also possesses outstanding control.

Projection: Middle reliever or left-handed setup. His progress would be expedited even he could start even for half a season to build up arm strength. With a 4 th pitch, Cerda's repetoire would be good enough to start. He might be able to spot start with sufficient arm strength.

ETA: 2003. Cerda already has a solid repetoire to be a middle reliever or perhaps a left-handed set up. He just needs experience. Cerda might even be ready by the end of 2002.

Left-Handed Relief Pitchers Team
Rene Vega AA - Binghamton Mets
Aaron Hee AA - Binghamton Mets
Chad Elliott A - Capital City Bombers
Mike Cox A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Blake McKinley A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Ronald Ogle R - Kingsport Mets


1. Aside from Cerda and perhaps McKinley, the best relievers are likely to come from some of the starting pitching prospects such as Jason Saenz, Brian Walker, and Ross Peeples.

2. Aaron Hee has some talent and has the distinction of being the Mets' last selection #50 in the June 1998 free agent draft.

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