If you ask me, the worst thing the Mets could have done this year… would have been to thrust Matt Harvey into the big-league team from the start of the season. They didn’t, but could you imagine what that might have done to Matt Harvey’s career prospects? Actually, we all can. Because the Mets were good enough to give us an example… his name is Jenrry Mejia.
The Mets, Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel were all so desperate to win that they threw Mejia into the bullpen before he was ready. They kept him in the majors in a strange, low pressure, mop-up role and stunted his development by more than one full year. Then… a new regime comes in… and they do it again! Switching Mejia to the bullpen a second time and slowing his development once more.
At least Harvey was spared this treatment and HOPEFULLY, the Mets have learned their lesson about Mejia and moving him to relief. Still… who in the minors is bound for a relief role?
Jeurys Familia – Call me a hypocrite but I think 100% Mejia is a starter… and 100% that Familia is a reliever. I know that Familia has a large frame and that his control issues aren’t going to be aided by shorter outings, but Familia strikes me as a guy who could become an elite closer… or a solid #4 pitcher. Given those options, I’m taking the closer.
Robert Carson – I think this is the final year for the Mets, Hulkamania and Tim Byrdak. So the lefties of the future are coming into view. Most fans will rightly look at Josh Edgin, but I’ll point back to Carson. WHY? Well… Edgin is good, really good. So good that I think he will compete for the closer role and wind up as a setup man. This leaves the Mets with Carson as the LOOGY closest to the majors.
Elvin Ramirez – The guy has a live arm but I think he is not yet a major-league pitcher. He needs more movement and more control before he becomes anything useful for the long-haul. His extremely powerful arm will make him attractive but I question if the Mets will hold the roster space.
Pedro Beato – If things had worked out and Beato had not gotten hurt he might be starting for the Mets right now instead of Jeremy Hefner. As it stands, Met fans are annoyed with his production in the majors this year. I’m not sure anymore what future Beato has with the team but I’m betting that Alderson still likes him.
Armando Rodriguez – He’s on the 40-Man roster… He’s BEEN on the 40-Man roster… it’s time that he started doing something for the MLB club. He’s a solid all-around pitcher and could be a steady long-man but he needs to audition against MLB bats.
Adrian Rosario – Rosario was a buzzy name from earlier in the season where he blew away the hitters in Port St. Lucie. He has fared less well once he got promoted to AA things went less well. Rosario is really not on my radar for 2013.
Adam Kolarek – Kolarek replaced Rosario as the closer in Port St. Lucie and picked up his torch of domination. The lefty has recently been promoted and he’s still pitching pretty well. He profiles as a LOOGY and might be ready at some point next season.
Jack Leathersich – He officially makes no sense. He’s not big, he doesn’t have a lot of “giddy-up” on his pitches but he strikes tons of hitters out. Leathesich is not ready so don’t expect him to start anywhere higher than Port St. Lucie and don’t look for him in Queens before 2014.