Logan Verrett, RHP
Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 6’2″ Weight: 180 lb.
Age: 22 (23 in June)
2013 MMN Top Prospect Rank: NR
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).
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.