Prospect Pulse: Logan Verrett Is Turning Heads

By Mitch Petanick

May 20, 2013 5 Comments

Photo courtesy of MMO contributor Gordon Donovan

Photo courtesy of MMO contributor Gordon Donovan

Logan Verrett, RHP

Player Profile

Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 6’2″ Weight: 180 lb.
Position: Pitcher
Age: 22 (23 in June)
ETA: 2014
2013 MMN Top Prospect Rank: NR

Background

Logan Verrett was selected by the Mets in the third round of the 2011 draft. Verrett was a college arm, spending those college years pitching at Baylor University. He did not pitch professionally in 2011, after waiting until the August 15th deadline to sign with the team. His professional career began last season, in 2012, where he split time between Savannah and St. Lucie.  He put up solid numbers, and ended the season with a 2.70 ERA and struck out 93 hitters across a span of 103.1 innings, while only walking 13. That was good for an incredible 7.15 SO/BB ratio, and his WHIP was under 1.00, at .97. 

It should be noted that the majority of Verrett’s strikeouts came while he was with Savannah last season, where he was averaging slightly over one strikeout per inning.

Verrett began the 2013 season with Double-A Binghamton, and has continued to keep hitters off the base paths. His WHIP is .99, but his SO/BB ratio is down to 2.5. It’s still a solid ratio, and he’s averaging about six strikeouts and two walks per nine innings. Verrett is currently tied for the Eastern League lead in wins (5), and is tied for third, with fellow Binghamton pitcher Rafael Montero, in WHIP (.99).

Analysis

His numbers force us to take notice, and it’s a mystery as to why we hear so much about Montero in Binghamton, and Verrett has done just a good job, albeit, with less strikeouts. The reason he’s often not mentioned, or often ignored, is because he is not a power pitcher. Everyone loves a power pitcher, just like everyone loves a power hitter — guys that aren’t popping 95 mph get lost in the shuffle…at least until the guy who’s popping 95 blows out his arm.

Verrett will probably never get close to 95 on the radar gun. In fact, he hardly cracks the 90 mph mark, and when he does, he doesn’t stay there long. He lives in the high 80s, and also has a slider, change up, and curve ball in his pitching arsenal. The change up is solid, but Verrett is going to live and die with the control and command of his pitches. His slider isn’t a hard biter, and if left up in the zone could present problems. If he isn’t spotting and mixing up his pitches well, he’s going to get hit hard, it’s that simple.

The good news is that Verrett has done a good job of keeping runners off the bases thus far in his professional career, which means that when he leaves one up in the zone and it gets hammered, the damage will be minimal.

What The Future Holds

Verrett is getting the job done at the level that is supposed to separate the men from the boys — Double-A. It’s where the cream rises to the top, and Verrett continues to pitch solid with every start. At this point, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that he could be looking at a shot in the Mets rotation in 2014. In fact, I think he has a very good chance of being a bullpen arm with the Mets as early as Spring Training next season. If he can continue to pound the strike zone, and keep hitters off-balance and off the base paths, he has a very bright future. He could end up being a Kyle Lohse type of guy.

  • DrDooby

    While Verrett is one of several promising 2nd tier pitching prospects, the Kyle Lohse upside seems a bit ambitious.

    When Lohse came up a decade or so ago with MIN he had a 91-95 mph fastball and a nice slider but struggled with his command and putting away hitters.

    Sure today’s Kyle Lohse is a finesse pitcher but as his stuff declined over the years, his “pitching” improved.

    Verrett to me is in a group with Dillon Gee, Jeremy Hefner or Colin McHugh – a finesse righty who’ll have to get by with fringe stuff but plus command. A potential #4/5 SP or setup reliever. And perfect depth to have in the upper minors…

  • https://twitter.com/FirstPitchMitch Mitch Petanick

    Thanks for the comment Dr. Dooby – someday you may be the answer to a trivia question after being our first official comment on the site.

    I agree with your Lohse statements…but if I compared Verrett to McHugh or Gee, that wouldn’t really get the juices flowing.

  • Slim Whitman

    It occurs to me that with the conventional wisdom on pitching, Greg Maddox would not have been labeled a good prospect in the minor leagues.

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  • DrDooby

    Maddux threw in the low 90s as a prospect, topping out at 95 mph. And he had a couple of plus secondary offerings to go with plus plus command.
    So, he’d have been highly touted today as well. Maybe not as high as Dylan Bundy but probably a tad higher.

  • Slim Whitman

    Never heard he threw that hard. I don’t doubt your words at all I just never heard it before. So, I accept it. My point was that now when we look at a pitcher who is seen as a control guy who paints the corners, and who is not a big flame thrower, it’s as if we wait for his control to fail him or something else to derail his success. The expectation is that he probably won’t be there long term and we hedge our bet in order to be right in our prediction.