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by Gonzo Will
Last night we saw Jenrry Mejia for the first time in two years….and never made the 5th inning.
Today’s question: What do you think his role should be on the Mets? Should Mejia be a starter or reliever?
9/16/2012-9:54am at 9:54 am (UTC -4)
I think it’s always been more likely that he ends up in the bullpen, mostly because of his size and how much effort is in his delivery. Of course, his numbers in the minors this year are much better as a starter than reliever. I would like to see him get a couple more big league starts this year, but if they aren’t significantly better than last night, then he needs to be told after the season that he’ll come to spring next year as a reliever with a good chance to win a spot in the big league bullpen. If he can know for sure his role, he’ll be able to be prepared mentally for it.
9/16/2012-10:27am at 10:27 am (UTC -4)
Pen – with projection upside to being a dominant closer if he’d buy in. The only reason I could see for starting him was to stretch out his arm. I’d love to see a pen with Familia, Edgin, Carson, Parnell, with Mejia closing. This to go with a rotation built around Niese, Harvey, and soon Wheeler and that’s a recipe for a low cost staff so we can go spend money on bats. Yeah, I know I was just crazy enough to think we might spend money.
I just see Mejia as possibly being a lock down closer instead of a guy who struggles to make it through 5 every start (ie, see MOP – historical reference). Also concerned about losing him via rule 5 at some point if they have to keep him in MILB to learn to be a starter.
9/16/2012-10:57am at 10:57 am (UTC -4)
That will depend on Mejia, he stunk his way out of the pen in AAA and let it be known he wanted to start. I say you give him a few more, if a trade for an offensive player comes up you take it and if not then you let him audition for the rotation in the spring and leave him as #6 if not.
9/16/2012-11:16am at 11:16 am (UTC -4)
Mejia needs a lot of work yet before that can be determined, IMO.
He’s got talent and good stuff but he doesn’t know how to pitch. You know what I’m talking about – Ron Darling and Bobby O talk about it all the time. It’s like a chess game. You’ve got to be thinking a couple of pitches ahead with each batter. Mejia hasn’t learned the art of that yet. There’s a vast difference between him and Harvey, for example.
I think he’s a couple of years away yet of having any success at the ML level. If he makes this team next season, I have to believe it’s in the BP. And given his mindset of wanting to be a starter and how little he succeeded in the BP this year in the minors, I’m not looking for much success there either. Not unless something changes for him between now and April.
I’m not even sure he won’t be trade bait this off season.
9/16/2012-2:53pm at 2:53 pm (UTC -4)
wait, you mean our PC teflon Dan is not teaching him that? I am shocked I tell you Shocked.
9/16/2012-11:41am at 11:41 am (UTC -4)
If Jenrry Mejia’s command and consistency does not improve he may not have much of a future in either position.
9/16/2012-11:50am at 11:50 am (UTC -4)
This year in my opinion has been more about Mejia simply building up arm strength for Mejia than results. He made his 1st start in the Bigs this season since what 2010? And had a bad outing but more importantly he was able to start and was healthy. If Mejia is here in 2013 Mets should continue to allow him to start. I’d be curious to see what his velocity is like next year in camp as well.
9/16/2012-1:29pm at 1:29 pm (UTC -4)
Mejia’s role should be trade chip for an OF.
9/16/2012-2:50pm at 2:50 pm (UTC -4)
First of all, I like it better when I get to make up my own question.
but, to answer yours, his role should be in AAA (wherever that may be) starting, trying to develop enough control and secondary pitches to be a viable ML pitcher.
his other role in the off season is to be trade bait. Along with all but 4 guys from AA and up.
I don’t think he should be a RP next year to begin the season. And no way in hell will he be in the rotation.
9/17/2012-12:22am at 12:22 am (UTC -4)
Mejia is a good year from having what it takes to be successful in the ML.
Wouldn’t hurt my feelings if he was traded.
9/17/2012-12:24am at 12:24 am (UTC -4)
He Stick….how about them Astros? hahahaha
I’m telling you, the Phillies are going nowhere.
The only silver lining in what won the prize for the most boring Met game I watched this season is losing to the Brewers – who are ahead of Philly in the WC hunt.
9/17/2012-7:21am at 7:21 am (UTC -4)
silver lining I guess.
But yeah, was not expecting the phils (hottest team in the NL since July) to lose 3-4 in Houston. It would certainly be nice if the mets could get off the home losing schneid vs. them. Starting with the Dickster.
9/17/2012-10:17am at 10:17 am (UTC -4)
He’s still only 22. He should come in to camp as a starter and if the expected rotation of Dickey, Harvey, Niese, Santana and Gee (in that order) are healthy going toward the end of Spring Training then they consider him for a role in the pen on the big league team.
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