Mets Settling On Jenrry Mejia Status

Jenrry Mejia might have the best stuff in the Mets’ minor league system, and that stuff could translate into a productive, and perhaps lucrative, career as a starter. But, It won’t this year.

The problem I’ve always had with the Mets’ handling of Mejia is their indecisiveness in how to use his talented arm. That problem was brought into focus two years ago, when Jerry Manuel, desperate for help in the bullpen rushed him to the major league level as a reliever. That season they brought him north in the pen, the ┬ádemoted him as a starter when he struggled. Eventually, Mejia had Tommy John surgery.

Is there a correlation? That seems a reasonable conclusion. Even if inaccurate, it is hard to dispute the perception.

The Mets are using Mejia in their rotation on the minor league level currently, with visions of bringing him up shortly to work in the pen. I’m not crazy about the Mets repeating the scenario, but the key difference is they are working first to build up his stamina and strength first before changing his role.

Will it work? I don’t know, but this time the Mets appear to be laying the foundation first. What I don’t want to see is the Mets changing course on Mejia if there is a setback. Let him go the entire season in one role, then if a redirect is needed, make the decision in the offseason and go from there.

Mejia has an explosive, talented arm that shouldn’t be fooled with. They were burned once, but could they survive another Mejia injury?

5 thoughts on “Mets Settling On Jenrry Mejia Status

  1. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
    Please Sandy, do not do this.
    Considering the issues with the #5 starter, and Niese and Gee, moving Mejia to the pen is silly, being done simply for short term gain.
    At least Acosta is gone, so we got that going for us, which is nice.

  2. I have read a steady stream of comments for several months now that indicate Jenrry moving north in the pen is a foregone conclusion.

    I hope they know what they are doing and will not destroy him.

    That said, I don’t see how moving him into the pen is necessarily bad. It gives him exposure to the majors and so will challenge him. The trick is not giving up on him. Sybil never trusted him. He never actually came into a game that was not already lost or won. He came in strictly to take up space. Hopefully if they bring him up this time they will at least use him.

    On a related note, I saw Bobby strike someone out on a nasty pitch. He was firing heat and not getting anywhere and then struck the guy out on what was described as a knuckle curve. It came down the middle and then swerved and dropped. I keep hearing that Bobby has changed. Perhaps he has.

  3. When it comes to young pitchers, I believe in what the Earl of Baltimore preached. The best place for a young pitcher is in the bullpen pitching long relief and an occasional start. If Weaver believed in it, and he was very successful, then I believe it.

  4. The Mets are bringing two players up today in preparation for the homecoming of Beltran.

    One of them, a pitcher named Ramirez has pitched pretty well in the minors. This is the likely response to our pen getting trashed.