In an effort to make me cringe, the Mets have decided that the best move for the team is to shift a promising front-line starter prospect, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, into the bullpen. I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let us review the facts.
The Mets signed Mejia as an Amateur Free Agent in 2007. In 2009 he emerged as a pitcher of note as he obliterated FSL hitters in his first year in the league. His display in Port St. Lucie earned him a call to Buffalo where he struggled but the Mets were now paying attention.
During the Spring Training of 2010, Mejia turned a lot of heads. Met fans began to wonder if they were seeing the future Ace of the staff emerge before their very eyes. Jerry Manuel, the Met skipper hoped he had his salvation in the form of a positive media story. What followed is a tale of what not to do with a talented young arm.
The Mets used Mejia in relief… but not frequently and only in lower pressure situations. When it became evident he wasn’t necessary they sent him down to stretch him out to start. He made a few MLB starts but the 2010 season was a wasted year in his development. 2011 was little better as he made only a few starts before requiring the season ending Tommy John surgery.
Now the Mets are at it again. They are moving Mejia out of the starting rotation and into a relief role for a future undefined role with the big league bullpen. This move likely removes any remote chance of Mejia being a starter to begin the 2013 season and could hinder his development overall.
Could Mejia be a closer of the future? Sure, maybe. Will he close in 2012? No, probably not. Should the Mets have left him starting in AAA all season? You betcha!
Silver Lining: The path is now clear for Wheeler and McHugh to be promoted.
Around the Minors:
Fred Lewis Ready in Reserve – The Mets don’t need a lefty OF, but Fred Lewis has been really good in AAA and might be worth a shot if Baxter’s injury lingers.
Jeurys Familia… That’s More Like It! – 5.2 innings, 3 hits, 2 walks, 6 K’s and no runs. It’s still not the dominating stuff I think Jeurys can hurl but it’s much improved.
Matt Den Dekker Best Hitter in Eastern League – His season OPS is .960 which is good but his 10 game OPS is 1.219 and that’s frigg’n absurd. His batting average is now .340 but I’d want to see his BABIP before I got too crazy. He still doesn’t walk and strikes out more than once per game.
Eric Campbell Still Hitting – He’s doing enough to stay on my radar. He’s still on the fringes of the radar picture.
Jefry Marte’s Streaky Power – It seems Marte goes quiet in terms of power for weeks at a time and then busts out with lots of extra base hits all at once. We just had a deluge… hopefully it lasts.
Zack Wheeler’s Last Start in AA? – 7 innings, 2 hits, 1 Run (not earned), 4 BBs and 7 K’s. With Mejia now in the pen… what is stopping the Mets?
Darin Gorski Back on Track? – He’s had some bumps in the road but his 8 inning performance on the 9th was pretty nice.
Adrian Rosario Hits a Pot-Hole – He had been cruising through 2012 until he had an ugly outing on the 10th. Hopefully he straightens out quickly.
Wilmer Flores Plays Second – More on this later in the week. Where do the Mets get the most bang for their buck?
Tyler Pill up to A+ – Pill’s shown great mechanics and control this season and earned his promotion.