We had some interesting talk on a thread yesterday about the Mets’ penchant for rushing players through their minor league system, often to his detriment. One name mentioned was Jenrry Mejia, whom manager Jerry Manuel is wondering if he could help next year in the bullpen.
DON’T DO IT.
Manuel is being seduced by Mejia fastball. To be sure, it is electric, producing nine strikeouts in 7.2 innings in the Arizona Fall League. Definitely eye opening, as are his nine walks and 11 runs on 14 hits. Ouch.
Numbers like that make you beg for the days of Aaron Heilman and Sean Green.
Minor league expert, Kevin Goldstein, in a report for Baseball Prospectus, called Mejia a “thrower,” and more precisely, “a spectacular mess.” That assessment won’t change between now and Opening Day.
Rushing Mejia to the bullpen would put him in a position where he would become overly reliant on his fastball at the expense of his secondary pitches. That sounds like a description of Mike Pelfrey and Bobby Parnell. And, does anybody remember Eddie Kunz?
The Mets have enough problems as it is without taking a chance to impede the development of one of their best prospects.