Matt Koch (perfectgame.org)
It’s rare to find a New York Mets pitcher who disappointed in 2012, especially with the Cyclones, but Matt Koch falls into that category.
His numbers weren’t that bad, but relatively speaking and considering he was a second-round pick, he was definitely a disappointment.
Koch posted an ERA a shade above five in his professional debut, allowing 13 runs in 23.1 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio was 19-to-7, so like I said, his numbers weren’t that bad.
The Mets hope Koch was simply worn down from his 22 appearances at Louisville before arriving in Brooklyn.
When you look at Koch’s resume, it screams reliever. He was a reliever at Louisville, and a good one at that, giving up just 17 hits in 32.1 innings. He throws in the mid-90s, and can touch 97, but lacks good secondary stuff.
But for some reason, the Mets insist on making him a starter. Koch informed me in July that the team was slowly transitioning him to starting pitching, which was evident by his two starts to round out the season with Brooklyn.
Even though it was only two starts, his ERA was an even 9.00 and I still can’t fathom why the change is being made. The Mets need bullpen help at the Major League level and Koch can get there quickly if he can develop one plus secondary pitch. On top of that, the Mets have a logjam of starters who will be fighting for spots this spring. Why not just let Koch stay where he’s comfortable?