Final 2002 Scouting Report: RHP, Harold Eckert

The Mets signed Harold Eckert, who hails from New Jersey, following a tryout. Eckert had been a 19th round selection of the 1999 draft by the Los Angels Dodgers. His contract was voided when Dodgers found he had a pre-existing arm injury. Eckert was a standout pitcher for the Florida International University Golden Panthers striking out 13 hitters per 9 innings.

Apparently, Eckert blew out his elbow in his final start for FIU in the College Baseball World Series. He returned to FIU to have the surgery performed and where he rehabbed. Eckert was a teammate of Bobby Paulk, a Mets signee taken in the 24th round of the 2002 draft.

At his age, it's not likely that Eckert has the development time to be a successful starter at the major league level. Despite impressive ratios, Eckert had a high ERA perhaps due to the 20 batters he hit: 7.8 hits allowed per 9 IP; 3.3 BB issued per 9 IP; 9.6 strikeouts per 9 IP. Also, Eckert only allowed 7 HR the entire season.










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*Stats as of 10/01/02.

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

Fastball. As a starter, Eckerts' fastball sits at 88-90 mph and tops off at 91-92 mph. His fastball has late movement.

Other Pitches. Eckerts throws a nasty slider, which represents his best pitch. His CU needs work. Only Aaron Heilman and Jake Joseph throw better sliders in the Mets system.

Pitching. Eckert lacks the repertoire to start.

Projection. Setup RP. With the nasty slider, his FB should be a very effective pitch out of the bullpen.

ETA. N/A. Depends upon when the Mets move him to the bullpen F/T.

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


With Tyler Yates requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Mets didn't have a RP pitching in the system that eventually could develop into a closer. The acquisition of injury-plagued Franklin Marshall might provide the Mets with a closer prospect among their minor league relief corp. 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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