Final 2002 Scouting Report: Reliever, Tyler Yates

The Mets acquired Tyler Yates in a trade that sent David Justice to the Oakland Athletics. The Mets also acquired Mark Guthrie in the same deal. The Athletics selected Yates with their 23rd round selection in the June 1998 free agent draft.

Yates maintained his career K-ratio of about 1 K per IP. He improved his control walking 3.7 hitters per 9 IP. Even so, he needed to improve his control. Also, he improved his hits per inning, however, more than 7.5 hits per 9 IP is too many for a RP with hopes of becoming a closer. Tyler Yates had season ending Tommy John surgery in June.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2002

Norfolk

2-2

34

29

13

34

1.32

2001

Sacramento

1-0

5

3

1

3

0.00

2001

Midlands

4-6

63

66

27

61

4.31

2000

Midlands

1-1

26

28

15

24

6.15

2000

Modesto

4-2

57

52

23

61

2.86

1999

Visalia

2-5

82

98

35

74

5.47

1998

South Dakota

0-0

2

2

0

1

0.00

1998

Arizona Athletics

0-0

23

28

14

20

3.91


*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Repertoire. 4-seam fastball (FB), slider (SL).

Fastball. Yates's FB sits in the 93-94 mph range that topped off at 97 mph.

Other Pitches. Yates has a good hard slider. He needs to improve his command of this pitch.

Projection. N/A. Yates was projected to be at least a setup RP and potentially a closer. Now, we'll have to see how he recovers from surgery.

ETA. N/A. Yates had "Tommy John surgery". Before that, Yates was on track to be in the majors already.

Right-Handed Relievers Team
Tyler Yates AAA - Norfolk Tides
P.J. Bevis AA - Binghamton Mets
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. Paul Jon Bevis was an excellent acquisition by the Mets. The most effective relievers without dominant FB are those with a quality second pitch.

2. Kenneth Chenard has a serious repertoire and would make an excellent starter if he had better durability. The repertoire would make Chenard an outstanding swing type reliever.

3. 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.

4. Tyler Yates' FB sat at 94-95 mph, maxing out at 97 mph. He complemented his FB with a good SL.

5. Heath Bell's FB sits at 92-95 mph. He also complements with a good SL.



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