Simon Daillie - Jeurys Familia was developed in the Mets farm system as a starting pitcher up until his promotion to Queens in September of 2012. Familia’s relatively limited pitching repertoire, command issues, and minor league struggles as a starter all were indications that he might be best suited for a relief role. His debut with the Mets came in St. Louis. The first batter he faced was Lance Berkman whom he blew away with a 97 miles-per-hour four-seam fastball up in the zone. During his debut appearance, Ron Darling referred to Familia’s delivery as “strong” and “compact.” While Familia would sometimes struggle to find the strike zone, in five of his eight appearances Familia did not walk a single batter. During the twelve and a third innings of work in his first stint with New York, Familia allowed only one extra-base hit that would have been a single were it not for an ill-advised dive by Fred Lewis in left field.
There have been a number of Mets pitching instructors try to harness Familia’s heater which just may not be possible or probably. Still, you don’t get much time to figure out if you swing or not when the ball is coming at you at 97 miles per hour. Shaun Marcum has filled the fifth rotation spot. Jenrry Mejia is the emergency guy and Zack Wheeler is in the wings. Familia’s chance of any rotation role have come and gone; however, he is 22 years old and under team control for many more years. Look for Familia to become the team ROOGY in 2013.
Shaun Marcum has a 2.67 road ERA since 2011, best among pitchers with at least 100 IP
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Comment From Mack Ade - Mike, we all know the level of projected talent that came out of the Savannah rotation last year. Which one of the Mets pitchers that are moving on to St. Lucie look like an eventual keeper?
Mike Newman: - Reports on Michael Fulmer are very good and Domingo Tapia has a big league fastball now which will carry him to New York on its own. As for the rest of the group, I'm not quite sure. Savannah has been down the past couple of years and there hasn't been much reason to specifically target them.
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