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March 26, 2013

Beverly's Leathersich eager to make a major move with Mets this season

His arm feels good. His stuff has been even better. His body is holding up just fine, too.

If spring training is any indication, Jack Leathersich is ready to have a big season pitching in the New York Mets organization.

The left-handed fireballing relief pitcher from Beverly has been lights out in the Mets’ minor league camp during spring training, a testament not only to his natural talent but also the work he put in to prepare himself for the 2013 season. He’s hoping both have drawn the attention of his bosses as the team gets ready to break camp in a few days.

Ideally, Leathersich would love to start the season in Binghamton, N.Y. with the Mets’ Double-A team.

“I don’t know if that’ll happen or not, but that’s what I’m hoping for,” said the 5-foot-11, 205-pound southpaw, who spent the majority of his 2012 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State (high A) League. “I know there are guys still up with the big league camp that need to get sent down to us and that shifts things around a bit, so I guess I’ll see when they tell us where we’re going. But I’m hopeful.”

Training with the Mets’ minor leaguers in St. Lucie — a half-hour north of West Palm Beach — Leathersich has been throwing between 91 and 94 miles an hour while using all three of his pitches (fastball, slider, changeup) effectively. He began throwing on Jan. 1 and gradually built up his arm strength and prepared himself mentally prior to leaving for spring training last month.

He also made his Major League spring training debut against the Detroit Tigers this past Sunday. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing two walks and a hut while striking out one batter and topping out at 95 miles an hour.

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