Posted by Christopher Soto at 11:00 AM
A full listing of our Top 25 Prospects is on the right hand side of our website.Without further ado....The Mack's Mets #8 organizational prospect is......
#8 RHP Jenrry Mejia
Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 205 lb
Acquired: 2007 international signing, Dominican Republic
2012: (AAA) 4-4, 3.59 ERA, 2.8 BB/9, 5.3 K/9, 1.317 WHIP
2011: Injured- Tommy John Surgery
2010: (MLB) 0-4, 4.62 ERA, 4.6 BB/9, 5.1 K/9, 1.692 WHIP
2009: (A+/AA) 4-6, 3.14 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, 8.7 K/9, 1.310 WHIP
2008: (R/SS-A) 5-2, 2.89 ERA, 3.3 BB/9, 8.4 K/9, 1.074 WHIP
Ok...so TECHNICALLY Mejia is no longer a rookie thus amongst most people no longer a prospect. However, we at Mack's Mets realize that he still has growth potential and thus we should consider him a prospect. Mejia is a perfect example of how dicking around with a prospect can ruin his future. Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya rushed him from short season to the majors after only a whopping 33 total games (166.1 innings) pitched stateside. Not only did it result in him flopping in the majors as a reliever but it also hurt his arm causing him to have Tommy John Surgery and missing the 2011 season. Despite all of this, Mejia still has some excellent tools that should make for a quality middle of the rotation starter. His two-seam fastball is still one of the best in the system with hard downward movement that results in a ton of groundballs. Due to his spot on 40 man roster, he should be the first name called up in case of injury to any of the MLB starters.
Anticipated Assignment: (AAA) Las Vegas starting rotation
ETA: Mid-May when Santana hits the 15 day DL for a "dead arm"