According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets’ pitching prospect Marcos Molina was shut down after six starts this season because of elbow difficulty.
The 20 year old right hander has one of the highest upsides in the Mets’ minors, and he was rated as the Mets’ 9th best prospect by MMO during our preseason rankings.
Here’s what our minor league analyst Michael Mayer had to say about him:
“Molina has a great pitchers frame that allows him to hit mid 90′s on the gun but tends to be in the lower 90′s later in the game. His fastball his already a plus pitch and likes to attack hitters with it. His changeup is his best offspeed offering that has a nice sink to it and good control but he sometimes telegraphs it by lowering his arm angle. To become a successful Major League Pitcher he needs to refine his curveball that has said to be “slurvy” at times.”
Molina was 1-4 his season with a 4.41 ERA for Single-A St.Lucie, but he was incredible last year with the Low-A Brooklyn Cyclones.
Molina had a outstanding 1.78 ERA and 0.82 WHIP with 91 strikeouts in 76 innings.
Hopefully the injury is nothing serious and the Mets are just being cautious. It would be a shame to see another promising young pitcher like Molina miss significant time recovering from Tommy John.