Mejia Strikes Out of MLB
2012-After a few months rehabbing in the minors Mejia makes first MLB appearance in almost two years on September 7th and ends up pitching in 5 games (3 starts) with just 8 K’s and a 5.63 ERA. The soon to be 23 year-old was at an early career crossroads entering 2013.
2013-The year starts ominously with elbow inflammation sidelining him and reaches its nadir when he’s transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for newly signed outfielder Rick Ankiel. Let that sink in for a moment. Then, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, he returns to the major’s with a bang, blanking Washington over seven innings with 7 K’s. He followed that up with three more solid starts. But, in what was a pattern with Mejia, something would happen to cut his Met season short. This time it was bone spurs in his elbow. After trying to pitch through it he had to leave an August start against the Padres after hurling just three innings. He was shut down and required surgery to have the bone spurs removed.
2014-In retrospect this season looks like it will be the high water mark of Mejia’s career. But as usual things started out differently than they would end. He began the season in the rotation then was switched to the bullpen where he finished as the closer. As a starter he had control issues and was 3-0 with a 5.06 ERA. After switching to the bullpen, however, he turned in a 2.72 ERA with 28 saves and 9.6 K’s per nine. Mejia also became a fan favorite with his demonstrative actions on the mound. He finally seemed to have found his place or so it seemed.