Friday, November 25, 2011

Rustich on comeback trail...

Brant Rustich is a 27 y/o right handed reliever, who has the potential to be a closer.  The former UCLA closer, second round pick and top prospect has had his career derailed by a nerve condition.  Just last off season, I completed this post on Rustich and his chances of contributing to the big league club, only to see him not throw a single pitch all year.  Mack is reporting that Rustich's nerve condition has been addressed and the reliever is looking forward to spring training...

It looks like pitcher Brant Rustich will be coming out of the chair swinging this spring. I talked with him earlier this week and he says he’s 100% and can’t wait to get to camp. Remember, this guy was never injured. It turned out to be a condition he was born with that went undiagnosed for his entire life. That’s over now and Rustich begins tossing next week. We know the worse case here, but if the velo remains with a new found feel for the ball, he could open for St. Lucie, quickly move to Binghamton when it warms up and there actually is an outside chance he could make Queens after the all-star break. This isn’t some kid trying to make the team. Think along the lines of Chris Young. f This is a 27-year old that has averaged a strikeout per inning without having any feeling in his pitching hand. The upside here is incredible. source Mack's Mets

Here is a video of Rustich throwing a rehab session in 2010, for those saying to themselves he looks awfully big he's listed at 6-6, 230 lbs.

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