Adam Rubin of ESPN New York asked three scouts who cover the Mets which young pitcher in the organization would be the best choice to close if the Mets needed someone in the next few months?
Scout 1: “Familia may be the best choice. He’s already there, with a power arm. Control is the question mark. I don’t like to move a starter into that role without experience in the pen.”
Scout 2: “I’d go with deGrom (2-0, 1.57 ERA in four starts at Triple-A Las Vegas). I think he has the mentality to at least give it a chance. He’s the closest thing to a closer of all of them for me. Not even Familia. And definitely not Montero. He’s a starter.”
Scout 3: “Mejia is the best of that bunch from what I have seen, but none of the above is more appropriate.”
If I had to choose the best closer out of that group, these would be my top three:
- Mejia – Has the best stuff and a great out pitch, but the problem is he’s much too valuable in our rotation right now.
- Germen – Never mind his rough outing when he let up four runs after Terry Collins squeezed him for three innings in the previous appearance. Germen has been solid out of that pen.
- Familia – Has tremendous raw stuff and the temperament to close, but control could be an issue. Right now he’d be third on my list.
By the way, I thought it was interesting that the third scout said, “definitely not Montero, he’s a starter.”