It's time for another Unsubstantiated Prediction! Today's topic: right-hander Logan Verrett of the New York Mets.
Verrett has done some roster wandering this year. A third round pick in 2011 by the Mets out of Baylor University, he had a fairly good but undistinguished career in the Mets system, posting ERAs over 4.00 but with good K/BB ratios in Double-A and Triple-A. The Mets didn't protect him on the 40-man roster last fall but he drew notice from other teams and was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the Rule 5 draft.
He didn't stick with Baltimore but was claimed by the Texas Rangers on waivers. He made the Opening Day roster but didn't hold his job and was sent back to the Mets in early May. He's been quite effective in Triple-A, posting a 3.57 ERA with a 45/17 K/BB in 53 innings for Las Vegas, which is really quite good for that park/league environment. The Mets gave him a trial in late June and early July and he continued to pitch well, though he's back in Vegas now.
Overall, in 21 innings for the Rangers and Mets he has a 2.95 ERA with a 15/8 K/BB and 15 hits allowed. He doesn't burn the radar, topping out at 94 and averaging 91 with the fastball, but he can mix in his slider and change-up effectively and he throws strikes.
Here's the Unsubstantiated Prediction: in either 2016 or 2017, Verrett will unexpectedly get a chance to start for a major league team (maybe the Mets, maybe someone else) and will perform quite well, being similar to Matt Shoemaker in 2014 or Chris Heston in 2015.
Actually, now that I think about it, this makes a lot of sense actually. Call it semi-substantiated?