Jenrry Mejia responded to his promotion to AAA by going 8 innings on Monday night, yielding 1 earned run (a homerun) on 5 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 9, and induced 10 groundouts and 2 flyouts. He appears to be the favorite to both start on Saturday against the Cubs and to be the ace of the staff as soon as 2011. Ok fine, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit. Maybe.
Mejia’s minor league numbers are impressive. In 4 seasons of minor league ball, Mejia has allowed 6.7 h/9, a microscopic .2 hr/9, and has generated 8.09 so/9 to 3.9 bb/9. He certainly has room for improvement with his control but at only 20 years of age, he has plenty of time. He has been a groundball machine, inducing them at an exceptional 60.7%. Opposing hitters have only only hit .217 off of him.
Mejia’s splits are also impressive. Granted the sample size is smaller, he’s actually fared better against lefties than righties. His triple slash against and whip are basically identical with lefties getting on base a little more often, but in 84 ip against lefties, Mejia has struck out 93, walked only 29, while generating almost 68% groundballs. In124 ip against righties, Mejia has struck out 99, walked 51, while generating 56.4% groundballs.
It wouldn’t be fair to put much, if any, stock into Mejia’s inexplicable 27 inning stint in the majors, but aside from his horrific strikeout to walk ratio, he was able to strand runners about 84% of the time while inducing groundballs 66.3% of the time and limiting line drives (12%). He allowed 2 homeruns on 20 flyballs. He struck out 17 and walked 15 in those 27.2 innings. The managerial staff emphasized Mejia throwing his fastball, which he did about 78% of the time averaging 95.1 mph. He didn’t get much work on his two main secondary pitches, throwing his 79.5 mph curve about 8% of the time and his 87 mph change about 14% of the time.
September will provide a glimpse into the future for our beloved Mets. We’ve seen contributions, albeit some probably too soon, from the likes of Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, and Bobby Parnell, but the true prized prospects are still Jenrry Mejia, and dare I say it, Fernando Martinez. Hopefully we will get to see F-mart get healthy and both of them produce at the major league level for the last month of the season.
On a side note, Jeff Francoeur is hopefully headed to Texas. Hopefully. Maybe. Probably not. I do love his cannon, pause, but he is likely headed to non-tender land so hopefully we can get something for him. Probably not.