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Jenrry Mejia: Will he remain a starter?

Postby BeachBums » Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:38 pm

I have seen Quite a few things about Jenrry Mejia. My concern is will he remain a starter and what do you think of him?
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Re: Jenrry Mejia: Will he remain a starter?

Postby Steve-o » Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:18 pm

BeachBums wrote:I have seen Quite a few things about Jenrry Mejia. My concern is will he remain a starter and what do you think of him?


Wow. He's tiny. 6'0" 162 lb. His size might limit him. Other than his ERA, nothing really strikes me about him. His K rate isn't high enough and he isn't missing enough bats to be impressive. Add to the equation that he basically is all fastball (granted, it's a good fastball at 94-97), and I would guess he ends up in the bullpen. He seems like a classic over-rated NY prospect.
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Re: Jenrry Mejia: Will he remain a starter?

Postby kab21 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:28 pm

Steve-o wrote:
BeachBums wrote:I have seen Quite a few things about Jenrry Mejia. My concern is will he remain a starter and what do you think of him?


Wow. He's tiny. 6'0" 162 lb. His size might limit him. Other than his ERA, nothing really strikes me about him. His K rate isn't high enough and he isn't missing enough bats to be impressive. Add to the equation that he basically is all fastball (granted, it's a good fastball at 94-97), and I would guess he ends up in the bullpen. He seems like a classic over-rated NY prospect.


He's also 19.5 yrs old and in AA. In most farm systems he would be in Low-A putting up the stats that you desire (higher K rate). Mejia succeeding as a starter will depend on him adding secondary pitches and considering how raw he is this isn't impossible to do.

As far as pitching prospects go I would rather start with someone that has a good mid-upper 90's FB and hope that he can add a secondary pitch instead of someone that 89-91 mph FB that hopefully can become a #3 starter (and likely a #4 or #5). Mejia has pretty high upside which usually is accompanied by a high bust rate.

I would also like to say that I'm not a fan of the Mets continually rushing their prospects before they are ready.
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