The Mets pitching has more than one problem right now. After placing Miguel Batista on the DL, they only have four starters, and their bullpen is ranked as one of the worst in the league. With all the pitching problems the Mets may be looking for some changes. They could look outside of the organization, but for a team that is looking to cut back on costs, they’ll most likely stay within to fix the problem. And if the Mets farm system is known for anything, it’s their promising young pitchers.
Between Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, and Zack Wheeler, the Mets have a bright future for their pitching staff. One name that is often forgotten from the list of prospects is Jenrry Mejia, who missed most of the 2011 season after having Tommy John surgery.
Now Mejia has started to make his comeback a year after having the surgery. He’s made two starts at single-A St. Luice going 11 innings, giving up three runs, eight strikeouts, and two walks. He then got moved up to double-A Binghamton yesterday for a start, going three innings, giving up one run, three strikeouts, and no walks. Mejia was only pulled after the third inning because he was on a pitch count.
According to Adam Rubin, the Mets may be looking to move Mejia to Triple-A Buffalo in order to get some work as a relief pitcher. After being moved to Binghamton it’s unclear whether he will stay there and what his role will be. With Mejia coming back from this major surgery, the Mets need to pick whether they want to use Mejia as a starter or a reliever.
Looking at the young arms the Mets have, putting him in the bullpen might be the smarter move. With Harvey and Wheeler looking to become fixtures in the rotation soon, there might not be room for Mejia in the rotation.
Where there is room for him is in the struggling Mets bullpen. Mejia still needs more time in the minors before the Mets can bring him up, but they need all the help they can get right now, and quick. And with the fading confidence in Frank Francisco as closer, the Mets may want to think of Mejia as the potential 9th inning guy.
I’ve always been a fan of having a strong bullpen and trying to put your efforts there, but I saw Mejia as a starter before the surgery. Now, with more arms in the farm system, I think it would be wiser to move Mejia to the bullpen.
Personally, I see Harvey and Wheeler in the rotation, and Familia and Mejia in the bullpen. However, it’s going to take a while for them all the reach the majors, but with struggles of the pitchers right now, I’m hoping they can get up here soon.