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Thomas Szapucki
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P | B/T: R/L | 6' 2" 181LBS | Age: 24

Draft: 2015 | Rd: 5, #149, New York Mets | William T Dwyer (FL) HS
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 4.0 4 0.75
Career Minors 6 8 2.42 39 33 0 145.0 188 1.10
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 1 0-0 0.00 4.0 4 0.75
Career Minors 39 6-8 2.42 145.0 188 1.10

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2015 GCL Mets GCL ROK 0 0 15.43 3 0 0 2.1 5 4 4 0 0 3 2.14
2016 2 Teams Minors 4 3 1.38 9 9 0 52.0 26 12 8 2 20 86 0.88
2016 Kingsport Mets APP ROK 2 1 0.62 5 5 0 29.0 16 5 2 2 9 47 0.86
2016 Brooklyn Cyclones NYP A(Short) 2 2 2.35 4 4 0 23.0 10 7 6 0 11 39 0.91
2017 Columbia Fireflies SAL A(Full) 1 2 2.79 6 6 0 29.0 24 10 9 0 10 27 1.17
2019 3 Teams Minors 1 3 2.63 21 18 0 61.2 49 24 18 2 26 72 1.22
2019 Columbia Fireflies SAL A(Full) 0 0 2.08 11 8 0 21.2 14 7 5 1 10 26 1.11
2019 St. Lucie Mets FSL A(Adv) 1 3 3.25 9 9 0 36.0 33 16 13 1 15 42 1.33
2019 Binghamton Rumble Ponies EAS AA 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 4.0 2 1 0 0 1 4 0.75

Scouting Report

2020

Originally selected in the fourth round of the 2015 Draft, Szapucki has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, but he also shows big league-caliber stuff from the left side when healthy. After a back issue cut short an otherwise successful 2016 season, he suffered a shoulder impingement that delayed the start to his '17 season and then missed all of ’18 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made a healthy return at Class A Columbia in 2019, ending a nearly 22-month layoff, and pitched his way up to Double-A Binghamton after a strong performance in the Florida State League. After the season, the Mets added Szapucki to their 40-man roster. 

Szapucki has a very effective three-pitch mix. Though he throws his fastball with solid-average velocity, sitting in the low-90s and touching 95, the pitch plays up due to its high spin rate and because Szapucki knows how to beat hitters up in the zone. His low-80s breaking ball can be a second plus pitch which freezes hitters and misses bats on both sides of the plate. There's a promising changeup with fade and sinking action in there as well, and he deployed it more than ever in 2019. He has a deceptive delivery with a slightly lower arm slot that can add to his effectiveness. His command comes and goes at times as he struggles with his direction to the plate.

With his fastball-curveball combo, Szapucki should, at the very least, be able to carve out a bullpen role in the big leagues. He stands to offer considerably more value if he can remain a starter, however, and the Mets are optimistic about his chances of doing so after the left-hander’s productive 2019 campaign across three levels. Szapucki health may dictate his ultimate role, but there is little doubt among evaluators regarding his capacity to contribute in the Major Leagues.


2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 50

Whenever Szapucki has been on the mound in the Mets' system since he was taken in the fourth round of the 2015 Draft, he's shown premium stuff from the left side. The trouble is he's had a hard time staying off the injured list, with a back issue that cut short an otherwise successful 2016 season, a shoulder impingement that delayed the start to his '17 and Tommy John surgery that cost him all of '18. He made a healthy return in 2019, after a nearly 22-month layoff, and was back in the Florida State League by July. 

Szapucki has the makings of a very effective three-pitch mix when he's healthy. His explosive fastball is electric with plus life, and he throws it in the 92-97 mph range. His power breaking ball can be a second plus pitch which freezes hitters and misses bats. There's a solid changeup in there as well, one with terrific fade and sink, though it was less consistent than the other two offerings. He has a deceptive delivery with a slightly lower arm slot that can add to his effectiveness. His command comes and goes at times as he struggles with his direction to the plate.

Szapucki has fallen behind the development curve and will need to make up for his time lost due to injury, but he has the stuff to contribute to a big league rotation and could follow a Steven Matz-like comeback path. At the least, a healthy Szapucki should be able to carve out a late-inning bullpen role on the merits of his two plus pitches.


2018

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

Whenever Szapucki has been on the mound in the Mets' system since he was taken in the fourth round of the 2015 Draft, he's shown premium stuff from the left side. The trouble is he's had a hard time staying off the disabled list, with a back issue that cut short an otherwise successful 2016 season, a shoulder impingement that delayed the start to his 2017 and Tommy John surgery in July that will likely cost him all of 2018.

Szapucki has the makings of a very effective three-pitch mix when he's healthy. His explosive fastball is electric with plus life and he throws it in the 92-97 mph range. His power breaking ball can be a second plus pitch which freezes hitters and misses bats. There's a solid changeup in there as well, one with terrific fade and sink, though it was less consistent than the other two offerings. He has a deceptive delivery with a slightly lower arm slot that can add to his effectiveness. His command comes and goes at times as he struggles with his direction to the plate.

Szapucki is plenty young enough to come back and continue his climb up the Mets ladder, though his injuries have allowed him to throw just over 83 pro innings since being drafted. If he can come back and show he can stay healthy, he has the stuff to contribute to a big league rotation, following a Steven Matz-like comeback path.


2017

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 50

When the Mets took Szapucki in the fourth round of the 2015 Draft out of the Florida high school ranks, they knew he had good stuff. But during that first summer, and even into instructs, the projectable lefty never showed it consistently. His '16 was a different story completely, showing more confidence and consistency from Spring Training through extended and two Minor League stops. While his 2017 season was initially delayed because of a shoulder impingment, he was throwing well during his full-season debut when his elbow required Tommy John surgery in July.

When healthy, Szapucki has a ton of life on everything he throws. His fastball runs and explodes up in the zone, in the 92-97 mph range. He freezes hitters with his plus breaking ball, and the Mets feel it might be a 70 power curve eventually. He's shown a good feel for his changeup, one that drops off the table at times. He has the chance to have three plus pitches when all is said and done, especially if he can continue to refine his command. There is a little funk to his delivery -- the deception adds to his effectiveness -- but he needs to make sure he doesn't get offline as much as he moves up the ladder.

Right now, Szapucki's primary focus will be to get healthy. He just turned 21 in June, so there's plenty of time, but he does need to show he can stay on the mound for a full season in order to reach his potential as a big league starter.


2016

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 50

The Mets went high school lefty shopping in the 2015 Draft, getting Max Wotell in the third round and then Szapucki two rounds later. The Florida prep standout got $375,500 to sign instead of head to the University of Florida, just a touch above the value assigned his pick. He's been the first of that crop to take off, taking a big step forward and earning a promotion mid-summer in 2016.

Szapucki jumped on radar screens last spring by popping some mid-90s fastballs. He was typically sitting around 91 mph, but touching 94 mph during his summer debut, then saw his velocity jump to 92-97 mph in 2016. Szapucki's breaking ball has the chance to be a plus pitch for the southpaw. It's been a bit of a hybrid, but is looking more like a power curve now, and it's serving as an out pitch.. His changeup is fringe average, but he does have some feel for it. Szapucki's biggest obstacle is his delivery, which isn't the cleanest mechanically and can impact his command and control.

There's a lot to work with here, beginning with Szapucki's arm strength and a potential three-pitch mix. The funky arm action and plus breaking ball could work well in a bullpen role if needed, but his step forward in 2016 points to plenty of success in a rotation.


2015

Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 40 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45 

Szapucki, a high school lefty from the Palm Beach, Florida area, opened some eyes this spring with a fastball up into the mid-90s. The Mets saw enough to take him in the fifth round and convince him not to go to the University of Florida.

Szupucki had been seen up to 95 mph this spring and he'd sit comfortably in the 91-92 mph range, throwing it with good lifet more often than not. Szapucki backs up the heater with a good slider that should be at least a Major League average offering. He doesn't throw a changeup much, though he's shown some feel for it. He has good deception in his delivery and goes right after hitters.

That delivery is the one thing keeping the left-hander from being a more elite prospect. Szapucki throws with a lot of effort and there were scouts who didn't like his arm action, which leads to difficulty repeating his delivery. The Mets hope that's correctable, with plenty of natural arm strength to work with.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
03/06/2020 New York Mets optioned LHP Thomas Szapucki to Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
11/20/2019 New York Mets selected the contract of Thomas Szapucki from Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
09/12/2019 Binghamton Rumble Ponies activated LHP Thomas Szapucki from the 7-day injured list.
09/01/2019 Binghamton Rumble Ponies placed LHP Thomas Szapucki on the 7-day injured list.
08/28/2019 LHP Thomas Szapucki assigned to Scottsdale Scorpions.
08/25/2019 LHP Thomas Szapucki assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from St. Lucie Mets.
07/03/2019 LHP Thomas Szapucki assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Columbia Fireflies.
06/06/2019 LHP Thomas Szapucki assigned to Columbia Fireflies from Brooklyn Cyclones.
05/20/2019 LHP Thomas Szapucki assigned to Brooklyn Cyclones from Columbia Fireflies.
05/01/2019 LHP Thomas Szapucki assigned to Columbia Fireflies from Brooklyn Cyclones.
04/15/2019 LHP Thomas Szapucki assigned to Brooklyn Cyclones from Columbia Fireflies.
09/21/2018 Columbia Fireflies activated LHP Thomas Szapucki from the 7-day injured list.
04/05/2018 Columbia Fireflies placed LHP Thomas Szapucki on the 7-day disabled list.
09/27/2017 Columbia Fireflies activated LHP Thomas Szapucki from the 60-day disabled list.
07/21/2017 Columbia Fireflies transferred LHP Thomas Szapucki from the 7-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
07/09/2017 Columbia Fireflies placed LHP Thomas Szapucki on the 7-day disabled list.
06/04/2017 LHP Thomas Szapucki assigned to Columbia Fireflies from Brooklyn Cyclones.
07/21/2016 LHP Thomas Szapucki assigned to Brooklyn Cyclones from Kingsport Mets.
06/22/2016 LHP Thomas Szapucki assigned to Kingsport Mets from GCL Mets.
06/30/2015 LHP Thomas Szapucki assigned to GCL Mets.
06/29/2015 New York Mets signed LHP Thomas Szapucki.