Final 2002 Scouting Report: LHP, Jaime Cerda

Jaime Cerda was a draft and follow signee of the Mets in May 1999. The The Mets selected Cerda in the 23rd round of the 1998 draft. Cerda attended Fresno City College. Cerda's career was delayed when he needed "Tommy John" surgery.

Cerda has had 2 and 1/2 marvelous seasons in the Mets system. In a total of 187 innings pitched, Cerda has allowed only 126 hits, walked 45 hitters, and struck out 191 batters. Those are extremely impressive numbers including a small sample in Shea Stadium. He continues the impressive performance with a combined 58 K in 60 IP at Binghamton, Norfolk and New York in 2002.Year Team W-L Saves IP Hits BB K ERA.

Year

Team

W-L

Saves

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2002

NY Mets

0-0

0

25.2

22

14

21

2.45

2002

Norfolk

0-0

1

21

10

7

17

0.43

2002

Binghamton

5-1

0

32

21

10

33

2.27

2001

Norfolk

0-0

0

5

2

2

4

3.86

2001

Binghamton

1-0

3

20

17

6

22

3.10

2001

St. Lucie

2-1

6

56

40

12

56

0.97

2000

Pittsfield

4-1

5

47

33

6

51

0.57


*Stats as of 10/01/02.

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

Fastball. Cerda's FB sits in the 90-92 mph range.

Other Pitches. Cerda has a good CU and the CB needs some improvement.

Pitching. Cerda possesses outstanding control.

Projection. Setup if he improves the break on his CB. The Mets might have developed him as a SP had his CB been more effective.

ETA. 2002. He has arrived a little sooner than expected. He should get an opportunity to stay. There's a good chance he'll still be considered a rookie after 2002.

Left-Handed Relief Pitchers Team
Jason Saenz AA - Binghamton Mets
Phil Seibel AA - Binghamton Mets
Chad Elliott A - St. Lucie Mets
Blake McGinley A - St. Lucie Mets
Ronald "Rylie" Ogle A - Capital City Bombers
Brian Walker A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Ryan Olson A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Jayson Weir R - Kingsport Mets
Ryan Danly R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


The Mets possess several good arms for various roles in the bullpen. Danly, Walker and Weir have the best upsides. Walker and Weir have enough repetoire to be converted to a SP.

1. Jaime Cerda projects to be a very solid lefty setup especially if he improves the break on his CB. He has excellent poise.

2. Jason Saenz lacks control of his CB and CU. He could also improve command of his FBs. In converting him to a RP in 2002, he may improve his command by eliminating his CU and 2-seam FB from his repetoire. He has a big breaking CB and for short stints his 4-seam FB sits in the 92-94 mph range. He has potential both as a setup and a situational lefty.

3. Brian Walker has been injured the entire 2002 season. When healthy, he would move rapidly through the system as a RP. He has a good FB, CB and SL repetoire. The Mets could use him as a SP.

4. Jayson Weir has been closing at Kingsport. He could be reconverted to a SP. He also could move rapidly through the system if left as a RP.

5. Ryan Danly has the best upside of any LHP in the system. He already reaches the low 90s and possesses a promising CB. At 6'7", 190 lbs., Danly's projection is outstanding.

6. Although Yunior Cabrera is starting at Brooklyn. He's very likely to be returned to the bullpen. His command of his FB and CB should also allow him to move quickly.

7. Ryan Olson has an excellent CB, and has a chance to become a good situational lefty.



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