Jenrry Mejia popped on my radar last year when he was promoted midseason to AA after dominating A. He made a couple of Top 100 lists this year including being #56 on Baseball America’s list and #23 on Keith Law’s list. Meija is one of a pair of prospects the Mets are very excited about and he may make it to the Majors sooner than we think.
Mejia is known for his fastball which has a lot of life and grades as a 70 on the 20-80 scale. He’s young, he’ll only be 20 on Opening Day, and has only pitched about 200 pro innings so he still needs to work on his command. That said he has front of the rotation potential and many are confident that he could succeed with just his fastball. He can throw a decent change up and he has a slider and a curve but they need a lot of work.
Conventional wisdom says that Mejia’s ETA is mid-2011 but based on the depth of the Mets’ rotation and bullpen, or lack there of, I think there is a serious chance that Mejia will make the Opening Day roster. Jerry Manuel has been very vocal about his need for a reliable set up man in front of Rodriguez and I think Mejia could fill that roll now. Most believe that he needs to spend another year in the Minors, and I think he is a year away from contributing as a starter, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Mets push him now. If he makes the roster I would buy. His fastball will give him some value as a reliever so he won’t hurt you before he moves to the rotation, growing pains aside. I’m not worried that he’ll get stuck in the bullpen because is too talented and as we all know the Mets will need a starting pitcher sooner or later. This may be a chance to get a future front of the rotation starter for the slightly inflated price of a reliever.
Also mentioned in the New York Times’ piece is Mets’ first base prospect Ike Davis. He’s been hitting well this spring and the Mets may have to rethink sending him to AAA this season. We all know about Daniel Murphy’s struggles defensively and I don’t think his bat is what the Mets were expecting. Ike Davis is a solid defender and he will be the Mets’ first baseman of the future. Freddie Freeman is generally rated higher than Ike Davis because people believe he has a higher ceiling. But for me Davis has closed the gap if not caught up to Freeman because I think Davis is ready now and his plus power and makeup will make him an above average regular.