Earlier this afternoon, Terry Collins informed reporters that Jenrry Mejia will be coming up to make a spot start for the Mets during Friday’s doubleheader in Washington. According to Collins, Mejia will pitch the first game with Matt Harveygetting the nightcap.
Yesterday, we noted that Mejia was the logical choice. A few days ago, there were reports that Chris Schwinden was under consideration, but his poor performance (and sub-par track record) eliminated him. Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero were the other two possibilities, but neither is ready to make the jump to the majors.
Mejia, 23, is currently on the 60-day DL. He’s been rehabbing over the last month or so – first in the Gulf Coast League, and most recently in Binghamton. Over his two starts in Binghamton, Mejia has an 0.82 ERA in 11 innings pitched. In those 11 innings, Mejia has allowed 6 hits, walked 4, and struck out 9.
Mejia was viewed as one of the top prospects in the 0rganization a few years ago, but inconsistent performance and injuries have dimmed his star a bit. It should be noted, though, that the Mets yanking him back and forth between the bullpen and the starting rotation couldn’t potentially have helped his development.
Now that he’s getting another shot in the big leagues, Mejia will have the chance to stake his claim as part of the future.