Final 2002 Scouting Report: RHP, Jake Joseph

The Mets used their supplementary 2nd round selection to take Jake Joseph in the June 1999 free agent draft. Joseph attended Consumnes River College where he was primarily a relief pitcher. The Mets began the process of converting Joseph to a starter at Pittsfield in 1999. His first full season as a starter was at Columbia in 2000. Joseph has been plagued by a number of minor non-arm related injuries that have limited his innings pitched.

Despite the consistently poor H/IP and K/IP ratio, Joseph has excellent stuff. He dramatically improved his walk ratio. He's begun to trust his stuff better. Joseph remained healthy enough to register 160 IP. Joseph allowed 8.8 hits per 9 IP, 2.1 BB per 9 IP and 5.1 K per 9 IP. The BB rate is exceptional, but the hits and strikeouts are not at acceptable levels. Joseph allowed only 5 HR in 159.3 IP. Joseph's 2-seam FB and slurvy slider are both difficult to elevate even at higher levels.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2002

Binghamton

6-4

87

79

24

42

2.91

2002

St. Lucie

3-3

73

75

13

47

3.59

2001

St. Lucie

4-12

128

162

52

69

5.34

2000

Cap City

4-3

85

81

29

59

2.85

1999

Pittsfield

3-2

43

35

27

26

2.91


*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Repertoire. Joseph's repetoire includes a 2-seam fastball (FB), slurvy slider (SL), and change up (CU).

Fastball. Joseph throws a 2-seam FB that sits in the 89-91 mph range with excellent sinking action.

Other pitches. Joseph's best pitch is an excellent slurvy SL with a big break drawing comparisons to Turk Wendell. Joseph is also able to change speeds with his SL. Joseph has a solid CU.

Pitching. Joseph finally began to trust his stuff in 2002 and throw strikes.

Projection. A right-handed setup reliever. With the addition of another pitch, Joseph projects to an end of the rotation SP.

ETA. 2004.

Right-Handed Relievers Team
Tyler Yates AAA - Norfolk Tides
Heath Bell AA - Binghamton Mets
Tim Lavigne AA - Binghamton Mets
Steve Bennett A - St. Lucie Mets
Nick Mattioni A - St. Lucie Mets
David Byard A - St. Lucie Mets
Quentin Patterson A - Capital City Bombers
Jason Scobie A - Brooklyn Cyclones


COMMENTS


With Tyler Yates requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Mets don't have a RP pitching in the system who can be a closer. Bevis, LaVigne and Bell are setups at best. Jake Joseph projects to be as good as any of the RP prospects. A closer prospect will most likely come from a converted SP prospect such as Jeremy Griffiths, Kenneth Chenard, Matt Lindstrom, and Tyler Walker.

1. Jake Joseph FB and SL combination should make him effective out of the bullpen. Joseph's best strikeout, SL, becomes less effective as a K-pitch the second and third time threw the order. Joseph's FB and SL are both difficult to elevate.

2. Tyler Yates has a FB that sits at 94-95 mph, maxing out at 97 mph. He complemented his FB with a good SL.

3. Heath Bell has a FB that sits at 91-92 mph, topping out at 94-95 mph. He also complements with a good SL.

4. Tim LaVigne 's best pitch is a big breaking CB complemented with a 88-89 mph FB with good movement that tops out at 92-93 mph.

5. P. J. Bevis was acquired from Arizona for OF Little. His best pitch may be a slow CB at 67-68 mph that helps him setup his 92-93 mph FB that tops out at 95 mph. He also throws a hard CB.



Do you have an opinion on the Mets? Be sure to let us know on the message board. NYfansonly.com is always looking for die-hard Mets fans who would like to be writers for the site. Click here to learn more on how to become a Mets beat writer for NYfansonly.com.


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories