3/12/2003 11:50:00 AM
One of the guys who was been flying under the radar screen this spring is Donavan Osbourne. Osbourne was signed to a minor league deal this winter and after being pleagued by injury has had an outstanding spring. Osbourne has pitched 7 innings and compiled a 2.57 era so far. With the status of the Mula and and Coney on the comeback, Osburne could be slotted in the 5 spot.
The caveat with Osbourne is injuries. He suffered from a pulled muscle last year and spent most of last year on the DL. But, with his experiance he could be the sleeper for the 5 spot i the rotation. Another pitcher who has openned some eyes this spring is Jeo Weong Seo who also has had to fight the injury bug. Seo has battled back form reconstrutive elbow surgery in 1999 and seem to have goten back his velocity hitting the radar gun at 90 + with his fastball. His bread and butter pitch is his change up and he has a + sinker.
So along with Middlebrook, Bascik, Pat Strange and Arron Heilman the Mets seem tofinaly have some depth of pitching.