Mejia Back To The Mets

Mejia was outstanding in his one Triple-A start

BUFFALO, NY - Jenrry Mejia began the season in the New York Mets bullpen before he returned to Double-A mid-season. During his time in the minors, Mejia dazzled with overpowering performances with Binghamton and a blistering start in his one Triple-A start prior to his promotion back to New York. Inside Pitch caught up with Mejia after his final minor league start.

Being comfortable in a role can be the key to success on the mound. Just ask Jenrry Mejia who spent almost three months with the Mets this season as a reliever who never seemed to put everything together.

In 30 games in New York, Mejia went 0-2 with a 3.25 ERA. He pitched 27 innings for the Mets, allowing 29 hits while striking out 17 and walking 15.

Towards the end of June, Mejia was sent back down to Binghamton to find his stuff and ever since has been the pitcher the Mets were expecting him to be.

In six starts for the B-Mets, Mejia was almost unhittable. He posted a 2-0 record and a 1.32 ERA in 27 innings of work and struck out 26 batters in the process.

The 20-year-old prospect thinks the difference is linked to whether or not he is the starting pitcher.

"I feel more comfortable as a starter," Mejia said. "Sometime they call me in and my fastball isn't as good as I'd like it to be. Now I feel like I can throw all my pitches throughout the game."

The Mets are convinced Mejia should be a starter full time after his recent performance in a one-game stint with the Buffalo Bisons in Triple-A.

In eight innings of excellent work by Mejia, he struck out nine and did not factor into the decision. He gave up only one run in the game off a long ball and at one point, struck out six straight batters.

From the very first pitch in the game, Mejia had electric stuff and it was almost like the Syracuse Chiefs knew it was going to be a long day.

"Today, I worked every pitch out there," Mejia said. "I worked my fastball and my changeup well. I was throwing everything for strikes."

Subtract the home run mistake pitch and it could have been one of, if not the, best pitching performance in Buffalo this season.

The Bisons may have fallen from the wildcard race since Mejia pitched, suffering several big losses. But manager Ken Oberkfell really liked what he saw from Mejia. He felt that, for his team, that type of shutdown performance is exactly what they needed. He explained that Mejia was dialed in on the mound and able to hit any spot the catcher asked of him.

Mejia, the Mets top pitching prospect, is scheduled to start for the Mets on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs.

The next month will be a good amount of time for the Mets to evaluate Mejia and find out if they can count on him as a starter in the rotation next season.

Getting a spot back in the rotation could prove to be the answer for Mejia to really take off for the Mets as they now look to next season.

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