Prospect Pulse: Jenrry Mejia Sharp In Rehab Start
Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia (1-0 2.45) stepped in to make a rehab start Monday night in St. Lucie’s game against the Bradenton Marauders. It was Mejia’s second rehab start in his attempt to come back from last year’s Tommy John Surgery. In his first game on May 9th against Brevard County, Mejia went five innings giving up two earned runs on four hits and two walks, with one strikeout.
In his start tonight Mejia went the first six innings while giving up just one run on three hits with no walks, and seven strikeouts. The one run he gave up was a solo home run to ex-Met farmhand Stef Welch. After Mejia pitched, St. Lucie went on to win the game with three innings of lock-down relief by righty Johan Almonte. The 4-1 victory was the first W for Mejia since April 13th, 2011.
When I spoke with Wally Backman at the end of April, I asked him if he was going to get Mejia there with the Bisons, once the young righty is deemed healthy and ready to go. Wally said simply, “we’ll get him.” Well Mejia took a huge step closer to Buffalo with his performance tonight. Perhaps two more rehab starts, three tops, and Jenrry will be shuffled off to Buffalo.
About the Author: Peter Shapiro
The first time I went to Shea was not for a Mets game, it was for the Beatles concert there in August of '66. My first Met game was '67, a guy named Salty Parker was the interim-manager then. My first pennant race was 1969. As a 12 year-old that summer and fall, I managed to get to the park for 3 games. The first was the beginning of the Miracle which actually started on Tuesday July 8, 1969 with a day game against the Cubs. I was there a lot in '73. I saw games 3 & 5 of the 1973 NL Playoffs against the "Big Red Machine", from the upper deck behind home plate. It was from there that I witnessed the fight between Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose, and the mayhem that ensued. And that sweet victory in game 5! I saw a couple of WS games at Shea that year against that legendary Oakland A's club. I was there in 1985 for every single game Dr. K pitched including his two 16 strikeout performances, and the day he one-hit the Cubs on an infield single and the Mets won 1-0. I loved being a Met fan in those days. Hopefully we are once again preparing to emerge from the darkness.
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