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Familia Learning On The Job

SAVANNAH, GA - Recent trends show that the Mets are not shy about challenging talented, teenage pitchers. That trend continues this season with the Sand Gnats rotation and Jeurys Familia is just one of a number of young hurlers making his mark. In just his second season of work, Familia is quickly learning on the job what it takes to pitch at this level and showing his strengths along the way.

For a young starting pitcher in his first or second year playing professional baseball, a lot of issues can arise in terms of consistency and control, causing troubled outings from time to time. Despite a rough start that saw 13 hits allowed and six earned runs, Savannah right-hander Jeurys Familia still ranks as one of the premiere arms in the South Atlantic League. Familia, 19, came into...