Trey Cobb RHP
Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6’1 Weight: 190 lbs Age: 23 (DOB 6/24/94)
I find myself early in the season watching the low-A Columbia Fireflies affiliate more than any of the other full-season Mets minor league squads. With short-season ball yet to begin and the upper minors featuring more known quantities, I find the Fireflies roster full of potential. Last night, Trey Cobb entered to pitch the ninth inning, and I have to say, I was quite impressed with what I saw.
The Mets selected Cobb out of Oklahoma State University in the 8th round of last year’s June Amateur Draft. Scouting reports indicated a polished collegiate reliever with a sinker/slider combo adept at generating ground balls. Cobb threw his first 30 professional innings at short-season Brooklyn last year after signing, and basically made the scouting reports ring true.
Getting my first look at Cobb, I was impressed with the visible sink on his two-seam fastball. But what really has me interested in Cobb’s prospects are the quality of his breaking pitches. Cobb started his slider multiple times last night in the lower part of the strike zone, and got some swings and misses when it darted down sharply at the end of it’s trajectory. Moreover, Cobb also was able to drop a couple of sharp breaking pitches, which seemed to have more vertical movement than horizontal, in for strikes at the top of the zone, effectively changing the hitter’s eye level. His command looked solid, and all told, he looked like a competent Major League caliber reliever.
Cobb, who turns 24 years old this summer and most likely won’t profile at the very back-end of a bullpen due to only average low 90s velocity, is hardly an elite prospect. Nonetheless, he possesses numerous aforementioned traits that could easily make him a solid reliever, and upticks in velocity are always possible, especially if the Mets want to experiment with mechanical changes. Cobb likely will not be challenged in a major way, like most polished arms, until he reaches the upper minors, so look for Cobb to move quickly. As mentioned here before, the Mets system is awash in right-handed relievers, so Cobb will have to continue to produce in order to get his fair shake. But after watching him pitch, I wouldn’t bet against him.