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  • Mets Convert Rustich To A Starter

    rotoworld:
    2007 second-round pick Brant Rustich will be tried as a starter this season.
    Rustich was largely unsuccessful as a closer at UCLA, but he excelled out of the pen after being drafted last season. He still projects as a reliever for the long-term, but there's no harm in looking at him in the rotation first.

    Here is a scouting report on Rustich for those wondering:
    Strengths: Healthy in pro ball, Rustich showed a premium fastball, sitting from 93-97 mph with late life. He pitches inside to righthanders and uses his size well, throwing downhill with his fastball and an 84-87 mph power slider with tilt. His changeup shows flashes of being an average pitch.

    Weaknesses: Control was a huge problem before and after his finger injury, but Rustich threw strikes as a pro as he used his fastball more. His delivery can get out of whack easily. His splitter was a plus pitch before he got hurt, but he hasn’t thrown it much since the injury. His slider can be inconsistent.

    ~I'm trying to find the best way to explain this.. Right now with his Fastball/Slider/Changeup combo, Brant Rustich is going to get exposed as a starter. His fastball isn't going to be touching 97 MPH, he's going to be sitting in the low-mid 90's, and his other pitches aren't good enough for him to get by (as a starter). UNLESS the Mets are telling Rustich to throw his splitter again, I don't see him being a successful starter.

    I think of Brant Rustich as being the Mets best relief prospect. Better then Kunz, and better then Smith. But if the Mets feel this guy has a chance of being a starter, I guess you have to at least try this route, because of how much more valuable starters are.

    As a starter Rustich will be able to refine his pitches, so even if he doesn't pan out as a starter, he'll be a relief pitcher with more then one out pitch. I'm not sure where the Mets are going to start him, I would think Savannah (A), but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Mets start him in St. Lucie (A+).

    As a relief pitcher Rustich would have been on the fast track.. He probably would of started in AA with Kunz, with a chance of a call-up to the majors in the second half of the 2008 season.
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    Not surprised. They were discussing this all winter and leaning that way. I'd actually have been kinda surprised had they kept him a reliever. He has a third pitch that's pretty good (the article calls it a changeup, but it's actually closer to a splitter), but he didn't really throw it much.
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    • #3
      I think that we've two potential closers/setup guys in Burgos and Smith. Still wondering why everyone thinks that none of them is making the 25 man roster. I liked what both did last season.
      sorry for some grammar mistakes

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      • #4
        Isn't Burgos still on the DL?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by freshprince85 View Post
          I think that we've two potential closers/setup guys in Burgos and Smith. Still wondering why everyone thinks that none of them is making the 25 man roster. I liked what both did last season.
          Burgos is injured. Smith needs to improve his stamina.

          Our potential closer/set up is likely Duaner Sanchez and Eddie Kunz.
          "I'm happy for [Edwin Encarnacion] because this guy bleeds internally, big-time" -Dusty Baker

          "If on-base percentage is so important, then why don't they put it on the scoreboard?" -Jeff Francoeur

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          • #6
            Originally posted by NYMets523 View Post
            Burgos is injured. Smith needs to improve his stamina.

            Our potential closer/set up is likely Duaner Sanchez and Eddie Kunz.
            Forgot the Burgos injury. Sanchez is more a middle reliever/setup guy then a closer. And it's questionable about how he's doing after car accident. And Kunz: just looked at his 2007 stats and his winter league stats and it shocked me. I think that Smith is definitely better.
            sorry for some grammar mistakes

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            • #7
              Duaner can close. He's looking very good. Kunz is a good pitcher but has a confidence issue. He has closer potential as well.
              "I'm happy for [Edwin Encarnacion] because this guy bleeds internally, big-time" -Dusty Baker

              "If on-base percentage is so important, then why don't they put it on the scoreboard?" -Jeff Francoeur

              "At the end of the day, the sun comes up and I still have a job" -Joba Chamberlain

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              • #8
                Originally posted by NYMets523 View Post
                Duaner can close. He's looking very good. ...
                I'm not sure about that but I hope. Only time will tell.

                Originally posted by NYMets523 View Post
                ... Kunz is a good pitcher but has a confidence issue. He has closer potential as well.
                But if he has potential, what has Smith???
                What I saw from Smith was great, and I really think that he could win the ROTY (rookie of the year)
                Last edited by freshprince85; 02-20-2008, 01:32 AM.
                sorry for some grammar mistakes

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by NYMets523 View Post
                  Burgos is injured. Smith needs to improve his stamina.

                  Our potential closer/set up is likely Duaner Sanchez and Eddie Kunz.
                  what ?? did u forget about every other guy they invited to ST i think they keep kunz down in the minors and maybe call em up when call ups begin or someone gets hurt
                  Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.

                  -Lou Brock-

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by freshprince85 View Post
                    But if he has potential, what has Smith???
                    What I saw from Smith was great, and I really think that he good win the ROTY (rookie of the year)
                    Smith is better as a ROOGY. He needs to build up more stamina.
                    "I'm happy for [Edwin Encarnacion] because this guy bleeds internally, big-time" -Dusty Baker

                    "If on-base percentage is so important, then why don't they put it on the scoreboard?" -Jeff Francoeur

                    "At the end of the day, the sun comes up and I still have a job" -Joba Chamberlain

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