Mets Promote Lucas Duda and Jenrry Mejia
As I speculated on Saturday, the Mets have indeed added outfielder Lucas Duda to the 40 Man Roster and promoted him from Triple-A.
The announcement came during the Mets Post game show on SNY by Chris Carlin.
The Mets had to promote Lucas Duda or they would have risked losing him in the Rule V Draft as we had reported on MMO. There was some conflicting information regarding Duda’s eligibility, but shortly before the end of tonight’s game I was able to confirm that it was in fact the case.
To read more about Lucas Duda, check out this post I wrote a couple of days ago. Here is an excerpt:
Since his promotion to Triple-A, he leads the league in extra-base hits, home runs, RBI, and slugging percentage. God knows the Mets can use all the offense we can get right now, but more than that, I want to see him get some regular at-bats as we complete the garbage time portion of another lost season. I want to see if he is really as bad as they say in leftfield and if his bat more than makes up for the lack of a glove.
At this point we have nothing to lose. It’s obvious that Francoeur won’t be back next season anyway, so why not move Pagan over to rightfield (or centerfield) and lets see what Duda can do in leftfield.
Come on Omar! Give the people what they want!
The Mets have also called up young right-hander Jenrry Mejia. Yesterday, I wrote that I believed Mejia would get the start against the Cubs on Saturday.
Here is part of what I posted on Mejia’s last start:
Top Mets pitching prospect Jenrry Mejia made his Triple-A debut a memorable one as he delivered a memorable and dominating performance for the Buffalo Bisons last night against the Syracuse Chiefs.
Mejia actually took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before finally letting up a solo home run to Michael Martinez. Mejia didn’t get the win due to a lack of run support, but his manager Ken Oberkfell was impressed by his swagger and confidence.
The young right hander was electrifying and struck out nine batters while walking one in eight innings of work, and throwing 66 of his 103 pitches for strikes. His fastball was clocked at 95-97 mph, and his curveball was outstanding.
Jenrry Mejia‘s next start is scheduled for Saturday, but I’m wondering if it will come against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs… or for the Mets against the Chicago Cubs. Hey why not?
Lets wish both of them luck, and hopefully we can find out just how ready they are and where they will fit in during the 2011 season.
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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