The Cubs re-signed LHP Jack Leathersich to a minor league contract and he is scheduled to report to Mesa next month to continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
Leathersich was claimed off waivers from the Mets on Nov. 19. The Cubs did not tender the lefty a contract for next season and he elected for free agency on Dec. 2. Leathersich re-signed with the Cubs last weekend on a minor league deal.
The 25-year old southpaw had Tommy John surgery at the end of July after making his Major League debut on April 29.
Leathersich was 0-1 in 17 games out of the Mets’ pen this past season with a 2.31 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 2.79 FIP. Leathersich gave up three runs on 12 hits with seven walks and 14 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.
During his time with Triple-A Las Vegas last year, Leathersich appeared in 13 games and allowed eight runs on 10 hits with seven walks and 22 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.
Baseball America ranked Leathersich as the 23rd best prospect in the Mets’ organization prior to the 2014 season.
Leathersich averaged 14.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 2012 and 15.7 strikeouts per nine innings at the Double-A and Triple-A levels in 2013. Leathersich has issued more than his fair share of free passes and averaged 6.9 walks per nine innings.
Prior to Tommy John, Leathersich threw a 92-94 mph tailing fastball and he features a breaking ball with “wicked depth at times” according to Baseball America. Leathersich also throws a fringe-average changeup.
Jack Leathersich spoke with the Salem News and told Phil Stacey he is feeling good four months into his 12-month rehab program from Tommy John surgery. Leathersich started throwing last week. He threw 30 pitches from 60 feet “and is looking to ramping that up to 75 throws over the next-month-and-a-half.” Leathersich will start the year on the disabled list. Once he’s ready, Leathersich will likely begin his season pitching out of Iowa’s bullpen.
Leathersich’s goal is to be ready late in the season in order to help the Cubs for the stretch run. And he thinks it would be awesome if he could be part of the Cubs next season.