Stephen Villines RHP
Bats/Throws: R/R Ht: 6’2 Wt: 175 Age: 22 (DOB 7/15/95)
In Stephen Villines, the Mets have a truly fun prospect. Don’t believe me? Watch him pitch here. Who doesn’t love a little side-arm action.
Ok, so maybe Villines doesn’t scream upside. After all, his heater clocks in around the mid 80’s. But what he doesn’t have in pure horsepower, Villines makes up for in movement, deception, and even command. The 22 year old righty reliever had zero problems dominating the short season NY-Penn League and Appalachian Leagues in 2017, after getting drafted by the Mets in the 10th round as a senior out of Kansas University.
Stephen uses his unorthodox delivery to generate both deception and significant amounts of arm-side run on his fastball. He complements it with a plus slider and a plus changeup. Villines has been able to garner plenty of swings and misses from professional hitters thus far, as he struck out 41 batters in his 27 inning debut season. But that’s not all!
I know, I know, how great can this get! Villines offered up a whopping 1 free pass in his first 27 professional innings. That’s not a typo. He walked one dude. In 27 innings. Noice.
Villines figures to be given every chance to navigate the Mets system quickly. If he continues to befuddle minor leaguers with his nice mix of command, deception, and movement on his pitches, look for Villines to at least get to High-A St.Lucie by years end, and a taste of AA Binghamton is hardly out of the question.