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When you think about Mets minor league prospects you automatically picture young pitching sensation Jenrry Mejia. The 21 year old right hander from the Dominican Republic electrified Port St. Lucie during last year’s spring training and even earned a spot on the opening day roster making him the youngest Mets player to do so since Dwight Gooden. After being used exclusively as a relief pitcher Mejia spent most of the year back down in Double-A Binghamton trying to master secondary pitches as well as being stretched out as a starter. He was called back up in early September as a starter and initially struggled but continued to mature and will be battling for a spot in the back of the rotation in 2011. He finished the season on the pro level with a record of 0-4 with a 4.62 ERA. Before the season began Mejia was #56 on the Baseball America list of top prospects, he plans to pitch in the Dominican Winter League this offseason.
It is always good to exhaust any chance of a pitcher becoming a productive starter but I believe Mejia will eventually become a reliever/closer. He has a small frame and throws very hard, it will be difficult for him to rack up typical starter innings without dealing with injury and fatigue. If the Mets give him the opportunity to become K-Rod’s successor (assuming he is with the team) then he could have a role similar to Neftali Feliz; they are both young hard throwing righties and even come from the same city of Azua, Dominican Republic. His one major goal for this offseason should be to continue to develop secondary pitches so that he can consistently get out big league hitters. We have seen him dominate minor leaguers in spring training and Double-A while compiling strikeouts and owning a microscopic ERA, but if he wants to be the pitcher we all hope he can be then he must work on his slider and changeup so that he can compliment his fastball and keep opposing hitters guessing.
Mejia has nothing but upside and the Mets fans and organization have every reason to be high on the young righty. It will be interesting to see what the new General Manager and Manager think about him and if they think he is is pro ready. I would be surprised if he ends up being traded this off season because no one wants a Scott Kazmir repeat. It would probably be for the best if the new GM gives him one more year in Triple-A and then leave him alone down there, but only time will tell.
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