AFL Recap: Knuckleballer Jannis Continues to Dominate

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While the Major League Baseball season has come to an end, the Arizona Fall League continues. The Scottsdale Scorpions won 3-0 Friday and moved to 11-9 on the season.

The Mets pitchers in the Arizona Fall League have been absolutely dominant. Mickey Jannis, Tim Peterson, Kyle Regnault and Matt Pobereyko have combined to allow just three runs in 42.2 innings.

Jannis is the starter among those four and had another great outing last night. He went five innings, while allowing one hit, one walk and five strikeouts along the way. Jannis has been very efficient in the AFL thus far. The knuckleballer is still looking for his shot and he’s making a compelling case. Jannis has mostly pitched in Double-A Binghamton the last few years and could finally make the jump to Vegas in 2018.

Pobereyko was solid again, now tossing 8.2 scoreless innings in the AFL with 11 strikeouts. The right-hander was signed out of independent ball where he played after the Diamondbacks cut him loose. He’s a little older, but 2018 could show us who he really is going forward. He’s definitely someone to keep an eye on if the AFL is any indication. Regnault picked up the save and recorded another strikeout. He could give some fringe 40-man pitchers a run for their money this upcoming spring.

On the offensive side, Kevin Kaczmarski, Tomas Nido and Luis Guillorme were the ones who played. Guillorme was the only one to record a hit. He is slashing .324/.343/.382 in the AFL thus far.

In the Venezuelan Winter League, a familiar face popped up. Jenrry Mejia started for the Navegantes de Magallanes. Mejia is suspended for life after failing three consecutive drug tests with the Mets, but can apply for reinstatement soon. Mejia lasted four innings, walked five, gave up two hits and struck out three. In many ways, he has not changed. This was a very Mejia-esque night.

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I became a Mets fan in the 2008 season. Since the Alderson regime, I've embraced saber-metrics and advanced stats to back up my eye tests. I study computer science at Stony Brook