Jeff Walters Armed and Ready To Win Bullpen Spot

jeff waltersAs the Mets players start to trickle down to spring training, some way ahead of schedule, Adam Rubin of ESPN NY writes that right-hander Jeff Walters could be a candidate to break camp with the Mets in the bullpen as suggested by GM Sandy Alderson.

Walters saved 38 games last season for Binghamton (AA), which was more than any player had done before him.

When asked about whether he feels he has a real shot of breaking camp with the Mets, Walters shares with Rubin, “I hope so.”

He continues, “I feel that’s why I’m here. I feel like I’m going to go out and do my best, and as long as I get some eyes on me, that’s all I can hope for. I can’t control any of that stuff. You can just go out and throw strikes, pound the zone, get outs and show them that I can get consistent outs.”

In 2013, Walters, 26, was 4-3, with a 2.09 ERA, and 60 strikeouts in 56 innings to go along with his record setting 38 saves.

He now enters his 5th season in the Mets organization with the hopes that he is closer to a major league debut and maybe it could happen in 2014.

The Mets have some exciting players competing in camp this year and it will be interesting to see how it all unfolds once camp breaks for the season.

(Photo:ESPN.com)

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  • oleosmirf

    I doubt he will bypass AAA and go straight to the majors, but I can definitely see him making his debut in the early part of the season if he is pitching well in Vegas.

  • MLBGM Fire TC

    We deff have some good young SP and some interesting Bullpen guys, Black or Walters could be a future closer, famila and leather stitch and some of the others look good too, we need guys who can hit. But I think we all know this.

  • MLBGM Fire TC

    imo – at 26 years old and 3 solid seasons in the minors I think the guy isready, get him some innings in the 6-7 inning see what he can do.

  • oleosmirf

    And I think he will be called up this season. I just don’t like when players skip levels.

  • Walters will be part of the Vegas 51s to open the year – the only Mets team that looks like a legit championship contender. Injuries and ineffectiveness plus his own conquering of the PCL will yield an MLB call up soon enough.

  • chago

    Ah yes Mets minor leagues I started thinking about it from Liar Richie Alderson’s point of view and no wonder he loves his minor leaguers . They don’t have to win anything they don’t have to produce anything . All they have to do is throw hard or have good bat speed or have potential power or run real fast or field real well anything you can pin the “potential” label on and you have something to hold up to fans and say “See in a couple of years this will be playing at Citi” . And in a couple of years when most of those players have retired or flamed out there is another crop with different skill sets to promote . And in the meantime you can keep reminding everyone how most prospects don’t pan out so that your ineptitude isn’t at the foreground when people start to bemoan why your rebuild is going into it’s 13th year and still no winning seasons . Ah yes minor league ball , if your a good BS artist you can parlay that into a long (maybe not particularly successful) gig as a MLB GM !

  • Andrew Herbst

    I think Walters will be called up later in the season.

  • B-Met Fan

    The Met are likely to give Walters a serious look this spring. The fact he pitcher four years in college and his age has him in a different place than many minor leaguers with three years experience in the pros. I loved his attitude last year with the B-Mets. He wanted the ball every time he was summoned and was very business like on the hill.

  • mytoemytoe

    So Sandy’s rebuild is going into its 13th year with no winning season? Your entire post makes no sense.

  • Endy10

    the only reason i think it makes sense for the mets to consider it is b/c las vegas is a huge hitter’s park and it could mess with his head if he has a slow start. although i haven’t watched too much on him so i don’t have much of an opinion either way, but it’d be nice if he broke out

  • BehindTheBag

    I award this post a D-.