2002 Scouting Report: Pitcher, Mike Bacsik

Mike Bacsik was the Cleveland Indians 18th round selection in the 1996 draft. Bacsik's father, Mike Bacsik, was also a major league pitcher for the Rangers and the Twins. The Mets acquired Bacsik in the deal that brought Roberto Alomar to the Mets in 2002.

Bacsik struggled within the Cleveland Indian farm system until he had a break out season in 2001.

At Norfolk, Bascik's first 10 appearances were out of the bullpen; he struggled in that role. He had an ERA in excess of 5.00. Upon his return as a starter, his ERA is under 3.00 in 12 starts. Despite his stellar beginning with the Mets in 2002, Bacsik is not likely to be more than an end of the rotation starter.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2002

New York

2-0

20.1

22

7

14

4.87

2002

Norfolk

5-5

102

124

24

73

3.62

2001

Cleveland

0-0

9

13

3

4

9.00

2001

Buffalo

12-5

121

115

25

81

3.26


*Stats as of 08/10/02.

Repertoire: Fastball (FB), Curve ball (CB), cut FB, Knuckle slider (SL) and change up (CU).

Fastball: Bacsik's FB sits in the 84-87 mph range. He's not likely to add more than 1 mph.

Other pitches: Bacsik possesses an outstanding CU. What Bacsik calls his knuckle SL is also a plus pitch. He completes his repetoire with a cut FB and CB.

Pitching: Bacsik has great command of his FB and CU. Command of the cut FB should come quickly. Developing good command of his knucle SL is paramount if he is to remain a starter. Bacsik may need to add another pitch to his repetoire.

Projection: Bacsik projects to a #5 SP. He might become a long RP..

ETA: 2002.

Left-Handed Starting Pitcher Team
Neal Musser A - St. Lucie Mets
Leonard Dinardo A - Capital City Bombers
Ross Peeples A - Capital City Bombers
Yunior Cabrera A - Brooklyn Cyclones


COMMENTS:


The Mets system has a number of left handed pitching prospects. With Bacsik promoted to the Mets, the farm system has only 4 starters pitching at the moment. The injured Brian Walker could be developed as a starter.

1. While Bacsik projects to a #5 SP or long RP/spot SP, there is room for improvement. The most likely improvements in repetoire would be from changing speeds on his CB or on his CU. If Bascik can learn to change speeds on his CB, then his ceiling would be a #4 SP or better. Jaime Moyer learned to change speeds on his CU and as a result he became a front-end SP. Only, Omar Daal also changes speeds on his CU. Historically, Stu Miller and Doug Jones relied heavily on changing speeds on their CU to become effective RPs. If does both, then a front end starter is possible. For now, I'd leave the #5 or long RP/spot SP projection.

2. Neal Musser completed a rehab assignment at Brooklyn and returned to St. Lucie. He was having an excellent season until a foot injury sidelined him. He's added weight during the off-season and could move quickly through the system if he can remain healthy.

3. Lenny DiNardo is still recovering from a tired arm and is on a severe pitch limit constraint. He needs to throw more strikes to be successful. With his extensive repetoire, he could move very quickly through the system.

4. Ross Peeples is an end of the rotation SP with his work ethic.

5. Yunior Cabrera is starting at Brooklyn. This is Cabrera's 6th season in the Mets farm system and he has spent precious little time above short season leagues. For the most part, Cabrera has been a RP. Thus, the Mets likely are trying to fast track him by starting him. The 22-year old Cabrera throws an excellent CB and should add 2 mph to his FB and reach 90-91 mph. He has good control of both pitches and should move quickly through the system when he returns to the bullpen.

6. Jayson Weir and Ryan Danly could both return to starting after a stint in the bullpen.



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