The future continues to look bright for the New York Mets.
Mets prospect Jeff Walters has saved 33 games this season for Double-A Binghamton, breaking the clubs single season record of 28 by Jerrod Riggan in 2000.
Walter’s 33 saves not only break the Double-A Binghamton record, but they lead all of the minor leagues, with the second highest total going to Chris Hatcher, who has 29 for the Marlins Triple-A club in New Orleans.
“It’s been really cool,” said Walters, a seventh-round pick in 2010 from the University of Georgia. “I didn’t think that our team would be doing this well, either, you know? When you win 75 games this early in the season, hopefully you get a couple of cracks at some saves. But I’ve been fortunate to be put in that situation. We’ve had some tight games.”
Walter’s throws a fastball which generally clocks in around 93-95 mph, although at times the talented right-hander has been known to dial his fastball up to 97 mph. Walter’s also has a plus slider that registers in the 83-86 mph range, and a changeup that sits at 82-84 mph.
Walter’s came up as a starting pitcher in the minors, starting 14 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2011. Last season in Savannah and St. Lucie Walter’s was moved to a bullpen role, before breaking out as Binghamton’s closer this season.
Originally a prime candidate for a September call-up, it’s doubtful that Mets fans will get to see Walter’s at Citifield this year due to a minor shoulder injury the right hander recently suffered. With the Mets in desperate need of some strong bullpen arms it’s likely that Walter’s will have a good chance to make the Mets major league roster next season coming out of spring training.