Top 50 Scouting Report: #42 Michael Olmsted

The New York Mets drafted the right-hander in the ninth round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of Cypress Junior College (CA). He made a strong impression by showing a full repertoire and an aggressive mentality on the mound. Here is a scouting report on Michael Olmsted.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Michael Olmsted
Position: Pitcher
DOB: May 2, 1987
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 245
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

The hard-throwing, 6-foot-6 hurler is driven by his competitiveness. With a strong fastball and a desire to throw it by the opposition, Olmsted can be defined through his play as he is a pitbull on the mound. His fastball topped out 93 MPH by the end of the summer, and the confidence which he throws it keeps him ahead of hitters.

"I just want to go out and throw and make guys miss. I like to pitch inside a lot, and most guys I've seen like to pitch away, but I like to go right after hitters and make them get themselves out," he said.

He likes to attack the inside corner to hitters on both sides, while spotting his developing two-seamer under the hands of righties and away to lefties. His plan is to keep hitters off-balance so that they cannot sit on a fastball or guess it correctly.

"I generally use my two-seamer as my groundball pitch and a set up pitch. I'll work it inside to righties to set them up for a slider away to put them away. I was really painting corners and attacking the zone with my four-seamer down the stretch and that really gave me even more confidence," said Olmsted.

In his first stop in the system was with the GCL Mets, he threw three scoreless innings in two appearances. On the back of his fastball, he breezed up to Kingsport where he continued to control at-bats with his fastballs, but incorporated more of his repertoire using his curveball and heavy slider. His success continued with the K-Mets where he posted at 1.93 ERA in 28 innings pitched [six starts] with a .182 opponent's batting average.

It was in Kingsport where he worked with pitching coach Marc Valdes on adjusting his mechanics to the professional level. He was more of a just a thrower in college, so he worked with Valdes on stabilizing his delivery to maximize the movement on his pitches.

Keeping his secondary pitches down in the zone was a necessary repair to his game. He came out of college with a firm grasp of his breaking pitches, but with more work they should become more dangerous as he learns to further execute them at will.

"I've never really had a good pitching coach in the past, so working with the good coaches the Mets have helped me slow down because I was rushing pitches early on. Coach Valdes got me pitching the correct way instead of rushing and leaving balls up," he said.

"In college, I would get the sign and go because it was more about throwing hard because guys there couldn't really hit it. At the pro level, everyone can hit a fastball, so I had to slow things down so that I could get the movement I needed on my curveball, slider and changeup," he continued.

Olmsted quickly took the coaches' lessons and once again he was moving up, this time to Brooklyn where he would become the sixth pitcher on the Cyclones' squad selected in the first ten rounds of last spring's draft. His addition to the roster was the highest goal he set for his summer.

"My plan first and foremost was to get to Brooklyn by the end of the summer once I got to Kingsport. I worked hard on all year and I think I was able to get to Brooklyn because how I grew during the summer.

In college, he split time both as a starter and closer for his squad, and when arrived in the farm system, the pattern did not change much as he made four relief appearances in his ten outings. Although he is not opposed to a long-term plan of pitching out of the bullpen, his quality starts with Kingsport and his array of pitches, with proper development, should slot him in a starter's role in the future.

For now, Olmsted is using his strong rookie campaign as a launching point for the work ahead and the acehievements he hopes comes with it.

"I'm really happy with where I'm at right now. My pitching and conditioning have gotten a lot better, but they are both areas I really need to keep working on. I just feel ready for next year and the years to come," he said.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2007

Brooklyn

0-0

4.2

5

1

6

7.71

2007

Kingsport

1-1

28.0

18

10

22

1.93

2007

GCL

0-0

3.0

1

1

8

0.00



Repertoire: Fastball, Slider, Curveball, Changeup

Fastball: Olmsted throws both a two-seam fastball and a four-seam fastball, but it is the latter pitch that he uses for more frequently as he can locate it more consistency and uses it to set up his other pitches. When he started the summer in the GCL, his fastball sat between 89-91 MPH, but when he got on a schedule he saw his velocity climbed up to 93 MPH by the end of the year. That number should be more consistent next season after a full off-season of training. He also throws a two-seam fastball which he can spot well. His accuracy is not as pinpoint with the sinker but he uses it well when trying to mix up hitters.

Other Pitches: His secondary pitches are best utilized after they have been set up by his fastballs. His slider, which typically spins in at 80-84 MPH, is his most effective breaking pitch and his finishing pitch. It has good downward break through the strike zone as he gets righties to chase it in the dirt or lefties to commit as he aims it for their back foot. Though he is not as consistent with his high-70's curveball as the slider, it is still a tough pitch to hit when he has the feel for it. Olmsted is not afraid to use it behind in the count and uses it to alter a hitter's eye level. He wraps up his arsenal with a budding changeup that still needs to be decelerated as he currently throws it in the mid-80's.

Pitching: Olmsted's large physique gives him an imposing presence on the mound. Though he was a flame thrower in college, he is in the midst of changing his philosophy to better adapt to the professional game. He is no longer looking to only pump fastballs by hitters as he matures the rest of his repertoire. He likes to get ahead of hitters with his fastballs and then will bait them in two-strike counts by dropping his slider through the strike zone floor.

Projection: The right-hander's first season can be deemed a success given the consistent, positive outings at the short-season levels and the increased velocity he gained on his fastball. However, his pitches are not as mature as they seem. His changeup and curveball still need improvements if he is to win at the higher levels. With his fastball / slider combination, he could be a solid reliever, but he has the tools to be a middle to back of the rotation starter.

ETA: 2010. Olmsted completed his debut season in Brooklyn, and the speed in which he was added to that roster should leave the door open for him to start 2008 in Savannah. If his growth remains positive next year, and he can continue to reach a higher level within each season, that should put him on target for Shea come 2010.


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Michael Olmsted
\r\nPosition: Pitcher
\r\nDOB: May 2, 1987
\r\nHeight: 6'6\"
\r\nWeight: 245
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nThrows: Right
\r\n
\r\nThe hard-throwing, 6-foot-6 hurler is driven by his competitiveness. With a strong fastball and a desire to throw it by the opposition, Olmsted can be defined through his play as he is a pitbull on the mound. His fastball topped out 93 MPH by the end of the summer, and the confidence which he throws it keeps him ahead of hitters.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just want to go out and throw and make guys miss. I like to pitch inside a lot, and most guys I've seen like to pitch away, but I like to go right after hitters and make them get themselves out,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\nHe likes to attack the inside corner to hitters on both sides, while spotting his developing two-seamer under the hands of righties and away to lefties. His plan is to keep hitters off-balance so that they cannot sit on a fastball or guess it correctly.
\r\n
\r\n\"I generally use my two-seamer as my groundball pitch and a set up pitch. I'll work it inside to righties to set them up for a slider away to put them away. I was really painting corners and attacking the zone with my four-seamer down the stretch and that really gave me even more confidence,\" said Olmsted.
\r\n
\r\nIn his first stop in the system was with the GCL Mets, he threw three scoreless innings in two appearances. On the back of his fastball, he breezed up to Kingsport where he continued to control at-bats with his fastballs, but incorporated more of his repertoire using his curveball and heavy slider. His success continued with the K-Mets where he posted at 1.93 ERA in 28 innings pitched [six starts] with a .182 opponent's batting average.
\r\n
\r\nIt was in Kingsport where he worked with pitching coach Marc Valdes on adjusting his mechanics to the professional level. He was more of a just a thrower in college, so he worked with Valdes on stabilizing his delivery to maximize the movement on his pitches.
\r\n
\r\nKeeping his secondary pitches down in the zone was a necessary repair to his game. He came out of college with a firm grasp of his breaking pitches, but with more work they should become more dangerous as he learns to further execute them at will.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've never really had a good pitching coach in the past, so working with the good coaches the Mets have helped me slow down because I was rushing pitches early on. Coach Valdes got me pitching the correct way instead of rushing and leaving balls up,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\n\"In college, I would get the sign and go because it was more about throwing hard because guys there couldn't really hit it. At the pro level, everyone can hit a fastball, so I had to slow things down so that I could get the movement I needed on my curveball, slider and changeup,\" he continued.
\r\n
\r\nOlmsted quickly took the coaches' lessons and once again he was moving up, this time to Brooklyn where he would become the sixth pitcher on the Cyclones' squad selected in the first ten rounds of last spring's draft. His addition to the roster was the highest goal he set for his summer.
\r\n
\r\n\"My plan first and foremost was to get to Brooklyn by the end of the summer once I got to Kingsport. I worked hard on all year and I think I was able to get to Brooklyn because how I grew during the summer.
\r\n
\r\nIn college, he split time both as a starter and closer for his squad, and when arrived in the farm system, the pattern did not change much as he made four relief appearances in his ten outings. Although he is not opposed to a long-term plan of pitching out of the bullpen, his quality starts with Kingsport and his array of pitches, with proper development, should slot him in a starter's role in the future.
\r\n
\r\nFor now, Olmsted is using his strong rookie campaign as a launching point for the work ahead and the acehievements he hopes comes with it.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm really happy with where I'm at right now. My pitching and conditioning have gotten a lot better, but they are both areas I really need to keep working on. I just feel ready for next year and the years to come,\" he said.
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K

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2007

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\r\n Brooklyn

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\r\n 0-0

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\r\n 4.2

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\r\n 5

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1

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6

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\r\n 7.71

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2007

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\r\n 1-1

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\r\n 28.0

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\r\n 18

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10

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22

\r\n

\r\n 1.93

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2007

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\r\n 0-0

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\r\n 1

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1

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8

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\r\n 0.00


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\r\nRepertoire: Fastball, Slider, Curveball, Changeup
\r\n
\r\nFastball: Olmsted throws both a two-seam fastball and a four-seam fastball, but it is the latter pitch that he uses for more frequently as he can locate it more consistency and uses it to set up his other pitches. When he started the summer in the GCL, his fastball sat between 89-91 MPH, but when he got on a schedule he saw his velocity climbed up to 93 MPH by the end of the year. That number should be more consistent next season after a full off-season of training. He also throws a two-seam fastball which he can spot well. His accuracy is not as pinpoint with the sinker but he uses it well when trying to mix up hitters.
\r\n
\r\nOther Pitches: His secondary pitches are best utilized after they have been set up by his fastballs. His slider, which typically spins in at 80-84 MPH, is his most effective breaking pitch and his finishing pitch. It has good downward break through the strike zone as he gets righties to chase it in the dirt or lefties to commit as he aims it for their back foot. Though he is not as consistent with his high-70's curveball as the slider, it is still a tough pitch to hit when he has the feel for it. Olmsted is not afraid to use it behind in the count and uses it to alter a hitter's eye level. He wraps up his arsenal with a budding changeup that still needs to be decelerated as he currently throws it in the mid-80's.
\r\n
\r\nPitching: Olmsted's large physique gives him an imposing presence on the mound. Though he was a flame thrower in college, he is in the midst of changing his philosophy to better adapt to the professional game. He is no longer looking to only pump fastballs by hitters as he matures the rest of his repertoire. He likes to get ahead of hitters with his fastballs and then will bait them in two-strike counts by dropping his slider through the strike zone floor.
\r\n
\r\nProjection: The right-hander's first season can be deemed a success given the consistent, positive outings at the short-season levels and the increased velocity he gained on his fastball. However, his pitches are not as mature as they seem. His changeup and curveball still need improvements if he is to win at the higher levels. With his fastball / slider combination, he could be a solid reliever, but he has the tools to be a middle to back of the rotation starter.
\r\n
\r\nETA: 2010. Olmsted completed his debut season in Brooklyn, and the speed in which he was added to that roster should leave the door open for him to start 2008 in Savannah. If his growth remains positive next year, and he can continue to reach a higher level within each season, that should put him on target for Shea come 2010.
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