Jenrry Mejia pitched solidly today for St. Lucie as they beat Brevard County by the score of 4-2.
The Mets’ one-time top prospect tossed five innings and allowed just two runs on four hits and two walks with one strikeout.
Mejia’s fastball ranged between 91-95 mph, but more importantly he felt good afterward in what was his first major hurdle toward his return to the majors. Mejia is coming back from Tommy John surgery and is well ahead of schedule.
Original Post 10:00 AM
According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, Jenrry Mejia could be joining the Mets a lot sooner than has been initially reported.
“A lot of people might forget about Mejia,” said one high-ranking team official. “But he is progressing very well, and he could be in position to make a start for us before long.”
Mejia, 22, will be making his first rehab start this morning at 10:30 AM for the Single-A St. Lucie Mets. He is scheduled to throw around 75 pitches.
Martino says that the Mets have been reluctant to make an acquisition to replace Pelfrey mostly because of Mejia who could actually be ready to join the rotation before Chris Young. (Young, by the way, will also make his first rehab start tomorrow for St. Lucie).
I’m not so sure that Mejia is that far ahead of Young as Martino or his source suggests… At least from what we’ve heard and what’s been reported.
The other thing is that none of the Mets people we’ve spoken to have mentioned Mejia as a starter. None.
That means nothing of course, people say things and do another all the time, but even scouts have said Mejia’s makeup is more suited to the bullpen.
Plus, you would think that coming fresh off of Tommy John Surgery that Mejia will be handled with kid gloves and a minimum innings workload.
Well, the good news is that today and tomorrow represent big steps for both Mejia and Young. We’ll know a lot more by Friday.
Good luck to both of you, guys.