Rainy Lara Promoted to Start for Las Vegas Tuesday | Astromets Mind

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rainy Lara Promoted to Start for Las Vegas Tuesday

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With the Las Vegas 51s needing a starter for Tuesday’s game, Rainy Lara has been promoted and will make his first AAA start tonight.

UPDATE: Lara was demoted back to Binghamton after the start, but he is scheduled to start with Las Vegas again on Sunday (per the game notes).

            The New York Mets have promoted RH SP Rainy Lara from the Binghamton Mets to the Las Vegas 51s for the June 16th start against Salt Lake. He has been with Binghamton since the start of the 2014 season, posting a 10-6 record, with a 4.06 ERA, and 112 K: 41 BB (16.2 K%: 5.9 BB%) in 161.2 IP. He got off to a hot start this year, but had allowed 11 ER over 13.2 IP in the 3 starts prior to his most recent start, which went much better (7 IP, 5 H, R, 4 K: 2 BB). Although several Binghamton players have been promoted to Las Vegas already this season, Lara is the first starting pitcher to make the jump.
Lara made his debut with the organization in the Dominican Summer League during the 2010 season, coming stateside for the first time in 2011. He spent 2 years in rookie ball, closing games for the GCL Mets in 2011 before becoming a full time starter again with Brooklyn in 2012. He started to gain some attention with his performance for Brooklyn, as Mike Newman of Fangraphs said, “Lara is not an impact talent, but has a Major League future if he remains healthy.” He split 2013 between Savannah and St. Lucie, proving way too good for the SAL, and then about average in the FSL. He started 2014 with Binghamton about 1.5 years younger than the average age of the competition in the Eastern League. He missed some time in June, and was inconsistent throughout the season, but he still allowed 2 ER or less in 10 of 20 starts.
Stuff-wise, as the Newman quote suggests, he’s not going to impress that much. He has good control of an 88-91 MPH fastball, a fringy slider that’s his best pitch, and an underwhelming changeup – more here in a recent BP eyewitness account from Chris Mellen. That can work against tougher competition that AA, but Cashman Field and the PCL is going to be a big adjustment for Lara, one that I think he might struggle with at first, especially considering his fly ball tendencies.

It’s not clear yet if this is a permanent move or just temporary, but either way, best of luck to Rainy Lara in his first AAA start.

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