Jenrry Mejia and Chris Young both went out for their second games with Port St. Lucie as they recover from their respective injuries. The best news of all… is of course that both pitched their games without injury and are progressing towards helping the Mets big-league club with admirable haste. The thing to keep in mind… is that this is still just Port St. Lucie and not quite major league hitters.
5/14/2012 – St. Lucie: 4, Bradenton: 1
Jenrry Mejia was GOOD. Really good. His one mistake was a home run given up to Stefan Welch (Former Met farmhand and native of Australia) but there is almost nothing negative to say about the outing. Mejia managed to give up only 3 hits, 0 walks and he managed to strike out 7 in an impressive 6 inning outing. Also… 9 of the 10 non-K outs were off of ground balls.
Don’t get ahead of yourself when you look at this impressive outing. Stefan Welch appears to be the best hitter on Bradenton and while I thought he was talented… I lost no sleep when the Mets let him walk away into the Pirate’s organization. Mejia will need to prove that he can get people out consistently in AAA before I’m ready to get excited about his chances of helping the club in 2012. For now… let’s focus on the fact that he’s still a prospect and he’s on the mend. He pitches this Saturday for AA Binghamton so he’s already on his way up.
5/16/2012 – St. Lucie: 6, Bradenton: 3
Chris Young… wasn’t bad. Young managed 5.2 innings in a rain shortened game. He gave up 7 hits and no walks while striking out 2. It’s not an outing that makes you twitter with excitement, but it’s really a fine outing for Young. Chris Young is NOT a power pitcher and he’s not going to rack up lots of double digit strike outs. Young needs to craft his way through games and he’s doing that. I expect 2-3 more minor league starts before he’s an option to join the rotation.
The average fan might look at these two starts and think that Jenrry Mejia looks like the clear favorite to join the rotation. That is far from reality. Chris Young is being paid to help the 2012 Mets compete. When he’s healthy and ready, he’s got a spot waiting for him. Jenrry Mejia is (hopefully) part of the Met’s future. So the Mets might (rightly) want to protect him and keep Mejia in the minors to figure out his future for 2013 and beyond rather than risking his confidence and health in 2012. Mejia still can make the major league team before 2012 is over but expect him to make 5 – 7 starts (good starts) in AAA before that is possible.