Keith Law on Jenrry Mejia

Last season, Jenrry Mejia, a 24 year old starting pitcher with a special right arm, made five starts for the Mets and reminded everyone why he was so highly regarded before he dealt with injuries in 2011 and 2012.

August 12, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) pitches during the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Although Mejia’s season was cut short (he was pitching with bone spurs in his elbow that he knew would require minor surgery), he opened eyes with both his stuff (that had finally returned) and his great mound presence (that was new).

However, Mejia is being largely ignored by the Mets when discussions about the 2014 rotation come up.  During his chat this afternoon on ESPN.com, Keith Law answered a question regarding what he’d expect from Mejia if he got a spot in the Mets’ 2014 rotation:

It’s #2 starter stuff if he can stay healthy. The problem is he’s never thrown 110 innings in a season.

The above may shed some light on why the Mets are hesitant to pencil Mejia in as an “answer” for 2014.  At the same time, it also has a high regarded player evaluator cementing what we saw last year – Mejia can be a tremendous rotation piece.

Mejia was yanked back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation until last season, when finally appeared to put it all together – albeit briefly.

The Mets shouldn’t be penciling him in as a guarantee, but he should certainly be given the opportunity to win a spot in the rotation out of spring training.

The innings will be an issue, but if Mejia shows the same stuff during the spring that he showed last season in the bigs, he should be afforded every opportunity to continue to perform in the rotation.  The Mets can worry about limiting his innings when the time comes.

 

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  • BklynCowpoke

    Seems to me the Mets will have a number of pitchers with inning limits by the end of the season. Why not use 2 of these pitchers to equal one starter without limits. This would extend those 2 pitchers seasons,plus would give the bullpen a rest.

    • Dan Haefeli

      I’m not sure how it would budget out, but Mejia provides a good opportunity to allow Rafael Montero more time to season in AAA or the same for Noah Syndergaard. Should he remain healthy and effective, he could pitch ~110 innings and then work out of the pen when one of the two is deemed ready for the majors.

  • William Martin

    For a brief time last summer, he was as good as ANYONE in the NL. I know we have to trade someone but based on what was shown in that period (and bone spurs generally are minor; he’s been thru the tough ones already); he’s a keeper! Time will tell (given his limited innings) but he was very impressive.

  • chums41

    Great article, Mejia looked very good last year and should be afforded every opportunity to make the starting rotation. With all of the talk about Montero and Syndergaard, Mejia has been the forgotten man. If he can stay healthy, and pitch 150 innings in 2014, he will be a crucial member of the staff in 2015

  • Herb G

    Mejia’s past injury history should in no way prevent him from being penciled in to the opening day rotation. His performance last year has earned him a spot. His presence in the rotation could make it very formidable, as long as he remains healthy. And if he goes down during season, or if the powers that be decide to limit his innings, we have considerable rotation depth that can step in. Montero is actually major league ready now, as is Torres. Thor will be ready around June, deGrom maybe a bit later, and then there is the ever present Chis Schwinden in a pinch.

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