Final 2002 Scouting Report: RHP, Tim LaVigne

The Mets used their 32nd round pick to select Timothy LaVigne from the University of Virginia. LaVigne played SS and served as closer for the Virginia Cavaliers. LaVigne holds school records for saves, appearances and being hit by pitches. He also led the team with assists. LaVigne was a solid defensive SS. LaVigne lasted late in the draft due to concerns regarding his durability.

Tim LaVigne compiled a combined record of 2-5 and 16 saves. In 61 IP, he allowed 50 hits, issued 24 BB, and struck out 50. These are solid ratios for a projected middle reliever.

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2002

Binghamton

2-3

9

35

29

15

25

2.86

2002

St. Lucie

0-2

7

26

21

9

25

3.76

2001

St. Lucie

1-0

0

5

4

2

2

0.00

2001

Captial City

5-3

12

63

51

21

44

2.29


*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Repertoire. Fast ball (FB), curve ball (CB).

Fastball. LaVigne's FB sits at 88-91 mph topping out at 92-93 mph. His FB has excellent movement.

Other Pitches. LaVigne's big-breaking CB is his best pitch.

Pitching. LaVigne has good command of his 2-pitch repertoire.

Projection. Middle RP.

ETA. 2004, perhaps sooner.

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, Matthew 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.

6. Tim LaVigne's best pitch is a big breaking CB complemented with a 88-92 mph FB with good movement.



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