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A+: St. Lucie Mets 8, @ Dunedin Blue Jays 5?

Two things and only two things matter from this box score: Jenrry Mejia's rehab and another Aderlin Rodriguez homer.

Mejia: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. It was his second official rehab appearance. He should be headed back to the Las Vegas rotation soon.

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A+: Palm Beach Cardinals 1, @ St. Lucie Mets 1 (ppd by rain)

Hey, look, a Jenrry Mejia sighting. Mejia started, but was held two two innings by rain in Florida. His line: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3 groundouts, 0 fb outs. He also committed an error, on a pickoff. This outing was short enough that I suspect he will get another couple of cracks at advanced-A before heading west to Las Vegas. And by the time he gets to Vegas, will he be starting or relieving? My guess - by the time he's back in the big leagues, it will be out of the bullpen.

 

Tags: Jayce Boyd, Jenry Mejia, Kevin Plawecki, Toby Hyde
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This was encouraging: Jenrry Mejia last night: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 8 groundous/1 fly out.

This was even more encouraging: of his 95 pitches, 21 were curveballs?according to Brooksbaseball's classifications. In 2010, he threw the pitch 10% of the time. If he's going to start, he needs to throw his breaking ball. And keep throwing it. He induced a few strikeouts with the pitch. It acts like a hard curveball from 78-82 mph, with an average of 80 mph, with an average of 8 inches of vertical break. On the SNY broadcast, Ron Darling referred Mejia throwing the offering with a "slider grip." Whatever it's called, Mejia needs to throw the pitch more to keep batters off his fastball.

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I covered the less exciting of the September callups earlier, so lets take a look at the two big arms: RHP Jeurys Familia and RHP Jenrry Mejia.

Familia spent the entire year in the Bisons' rotation where he struggled to throw good strikes with his fastball all year on his way to 73 walks and 128 strikeouts in 137 innings as a 22-year old. However, he finished the year on a relative high note as he matched a season-high with nine strikeouts in his final start. In his last four starts Familia ran an ERA of 3.60 and a K/BB of 4 in 25 IP, yielding 27 hits and 11 runs, 10 earned to go along with a homer, a hit by pitch and seven walks and 28 strikeouts for an opponents? batting average of .270. In the first half, Familia walked 14% of the batters he saw in the first half, and cut that down to 8.1% in the second half. For reference, this year, the National League average is a shade under 8%. Familia really struggled to repeat his delivery early in the year, but settled down as the year went on.

Familia's fastball was regularly mid-upper 90s and he has held his velocity deep into ball games. His second pitch is a hard curve in the mid-80s that can be vicious.

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AAA: Rochester Red Wings 6, @ Buffalo Bisons 1?

After rolling through the first two innings, Jenrry Mejia lost his command in the third inning when allowed three walks and four runs. The first scored on a bases-loaded walk, and the next three on a bases loaded triple.

His final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. He threw 65% of his pitches (57 of 88) for strikes. He induced eight groundouts.

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I was trying to get away from daily recaps and focus on more big-picture stuff, but every time I do that, I'm reminded when I look at the box scores everyday, that the games really do matter. Everyday. We'll just have to do both.

For example, Wednesday's development at the upper levels was Jenrry Mejia's best start since his return to the Bisons rotation.

 

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We've been spending a lot of time writing about off-field affiliation issues with the AAA Buffalo Bisons, so I wanted to return to what's happening on the field, and focus on the starting pitching. This was the plan even before Monday's late night news that Johan Santana was going to have a Tuesday MRI to check on his "tight" back.

And now a check on your AAA options to replace Santana, just in case.

On the strength of back-to-back good starts in which he allowed one run over 12.2 innings against the Pawtucket Red Sox, RHP Collin McHugh was named the International League's Pitcher of the Week. McHugh was particularly sharp in Fenway on Saturday: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. It was his first walkless outing in 12 tries in the International League. McHugh's adjustment to AAA is reflected in his strikeout to walk rate which has improved in the International League by month: June 1.9 (15 K/8 BB), July 2.3 (34 K/13 BB) and August 3 (18 BB, 6 K). It so happens that if Santana cannot take his start on Thursday, McHugh would be lined up. He's generally 88-91 with his fastball, although he can touch 92 with a full arsenal that includes a curveball, a slider, a cutter and a changeup. I get the Dillon Gee comparison, they're both right-handed pitchers from small schools without big fastballs, picked in 18-21st rounds, who could fit at the back end of a rotation. However, I think McHugh actually has more weapons than Gee did when he arrived in the big leagues.

Tags: Analysis, Collin McHugh, Jenry Mejia, Zack Wheeler, Toby Hyde
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Lets play catch-up on important happenings affiliate by affiliate as the minor league season enters its home stretch.

Saturday: Scranton W/B Yankees 5, @ Buffalo Bisons 1Sunday: @ Buffalo Bisons 9, Pawtucket Red Sox 3?

The Bisons rolled out two good arms, Zack Wheeler Saturday and Jenrry Mejia Sunday and won once.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Jenry Mejia, Lucas Duda, Zack Wheeler, Toby Hyde
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1. Jenrry Mejia is headed back to the Buffalo Bisons rotation. He's now scheduled to start Monday. In 16 relief outings with the Bisons, he have up 27 his over 21.1 innings for an opponents' batting average of .303 and a K/BB ratio of 1.1 (10 K/9 BB). He simply was not pitching well in the role.

There's an interesting degree of double-talk from the Mets about the shift back and forth. In June, with three AAA starts to his credit, when he was moved from the Bisons rotation to the bullpen, the idea was that he would be ready to help the big league team in 2012. Now, he's going to start for a month as the team's slide has lessened the demand for immediate bullpen help.

 

Tags: Adam Kolarek, Analysis, Jenry Mejia, Logan Verrett, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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Jenrry Mejia faced five batters out of the bullpen for Buffalo on Saturday night and retired just one. He gave up a couple of singles, a walk, and a home run. His line: .1 iP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR. He threw 50% of his pitches (8 of 16) for strikes.

Compare his performance as a starter and reliever in AAA this year.

Basic

YearERAG/GSIPHRERHRBBSOHBPWPRA
Starter1.133/316872247013.94
Reliever13.500/549761331115.75
 

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AAA: Pawtucket Red Sox 6, @ Buffalo Bisons 1

The first place PawSox finished off a four-game sweep of Buffalo to drop the Bisons to 37-33 and eight games back in the International League North.

Designated "bullpen answer" Jenrry Mejia certainly was not the answer on Sunday, retiring just one of the five batters he faced. He threw under 50% strikes (10 of 22 pitches overall) while giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a HBP before manager Wally Backman pulled him to avoid running his pitch count any higher. He just did not throw enough strikes, although Backman noted that his velocity was up to 96 mph. In his two relief appearances versus Pawtucket, he allowed a run on three hits in 1.1 innings. Even if he does eventually take well to relieving, he has not yet.

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In case you missed it, over the weekend, the Mets announced that RHP Jenrry Mejia is heading for the Bisons' bullpen. Mejia, coming off Tommy John surgery has pitched very well over his rehab assignments. To my eyes, his curveball looks better than it ever did pre-surgery thanks to a more consistent release point on the offering.

I believe almost all of the rationale for the move is contained in the following chart:

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Jenrry Mejia is moving the AAA Buffalo Bisons' bullpen, according to Bisons play-by-play man Ben Wagner.

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AAA: Norfolk Tides 5, @ Buffalo Bisons 0

Jenrry Mejia shutout the Tides through four innings, but it all fell apart on him in the fifth after he was charged with an error when he couldn't field a comebacker. The big blow came on a Lew Ford three-run homer in the frame. His line: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 10 gb outs/2 fb outs. It sounded like he stayed most fastball/curveball through the first few innings. He did break out a nice changeup on a 2-1 count in either the fourth or the fifth.

Pedro Beato struck out three of the six hitters he faced in two perfect frames.

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The Mets have already reached an agreement with their supplemental round pick, C Kevin Plawecki, and he "expects to sign it in the next few days," writes Michael Pointer in the Indianpolis Star?(via Mark Simon of ESPNNY).

At Baseball America, JJ Cooper explains that in an effort to limit the costs against their draft pool, MLB teams drafted lots of college seniors who have no negotiating leverage. These new rules are comically dumb.

At the Toledo Blade, beat writer John Wagner has a great detailed breakdown of Jenrry Mejia and Matt Harvey's last starts, and a slightly less detailed look at Jeurys Familia's start.

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At MiLB.com, John Wagner has a few nice notes about RHP Jenrry Mejia.

As Mejia said, "I?feel I have better concentration now. I'm throwing all of my pitches for strikes. Last year, when I came back, I didn't feel like I feel now.?I feel my changeup is pretty good right now and my curve is getting better. I feel better than I did before the surgery.

As for his good start last night, Bisons' pitching coach Mark Brewer praised his stuff. "As a matter of fact tonight was one of the nights where he pretty much had a good feel for all his pitches. He had a heavy sinker, his changeup was utilized to offset tempo, and after he established, he could throw the changeup over the plate at any time he had them on their heels."

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 2, @ Toledo Mud Hens 1

Good: Jenrry Mejia: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. He induced nine groundouts against four fly outs and threw 60% of his pitches (43 of 72) for strikes. Both hits he allowed were singles. In two starts in AAA, he's yielded just two runs on four hits, walked two and fanned five.

Also good: Pedro Beato: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. In nine innings over six games in AAA, he's allowed one run on a homer, with six strikeouts against four walks. He has not given up a run in 8.1 innings.

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AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 3, Columbus Clippers (CLE) 2 (10 innings)

In his first rehab start in AAA Buffalo, Jenrry Mejia was very good: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. His motion looked a little smoother than in years past. In turn, his release point on his curveball was more consistent. He threw the pitch a lot, and for the most part was effective with it. Notably, he hung a curve that turned into Matt LaPorta's home run. Overall, his command was good: he threw 66% of his pitches (45 of 68) for strikes. He appeared to be low 90s most of the night and sprinkled in some 94.?He was efficient with his pitches, at times letting Columbus hitters beat his sinker into the ground to get easy, quick outs. Given his performance Wednesday, I'd sure like to see the Mets keep him starting.?However, they might well feel the bullpen demands immediate help, and again, given Wednesday's results that would be a hard case to argue against.

After Mejia departed, two guys who could well appear in the Mets' bullpen in short order, Josh Edgin and Elvin Ramirez each threw two scoreless, hitless innings.Ramirez fanned three and Edgin whiffed two. Ramirez's AAA numbers are really, really good: 14.2 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 19 K. He's got big league stuff, sitting 93-94 mph with the ability to dial it up harder, and a slider and a changeup. It's time for Ramirez.

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Right now, Jenrry is going to Binghamton for a few starts. He'll probably go to Buffalo for a few starts. ... We're still in a sense, in a rehab phase with Jenrry. He's only a year out from surgery. I had a talk with the doctors just a couple of days ago: he's a very quick healer. He's done very well. At the same time, we need to continue to allow him to pitch on four or five days rest, so he has a routine and continue to work on all of his pitches, so he has better mastery of them. And then when we get to the end of that, say two or four start cycle, then we'll decide what he'll do, in terms of role and where he'll do it.

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1. At his personal blog, A Day Older, A Day Wiser, Collin McHugh, who threw well last night, writes about the trip to Manchester, NH and his admiration for Ollie the Bat Dog (pictured). He also ponders what would happen if dogs replaced bat boys more broadly.

2. At ESPNNY, Adam Rubin profiles Travis Taijeron, who, it turns out was a catcher in high school and his first year of junior college.

3. Baseball America has the complete 2012 draft slots. These are important for those of you who care about the nuances of the draft and talent acquisition.

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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 4, Bradenton Marauders 1

Jenrry Mejia's second start of 2012 in his comeback from Tommy John Surgery was marred only by a home run by former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch. Mejia's line: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 9 ground outs, 1 fly out.

Back when he was rehabbing from his strained shoulder in August of 2010, he had a similarly dominating start on in the Florida State League August 2, fanning seven without issuing a walk in four innings. The real test for Mejia will be his next few outings against upper level competition.

Tags: Jenry Mejia, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 4, Brevard County Manatees 2

Jenrry Mejia made his first appearance in a game where they kept an accurate box score since April 29, 2011 with Buffalo. His line: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. He allowed a single run in the first and third inning before retiring the final eight batters in a row. He induced eight ground ball outs and gave up five air outs. It was certainly an encouraging return. He was transferred to St. Lucie earlier in the day, so the Mets have can be flexible with his next assignment, whether it's another start in the FSL before a return to Buffalo.

After three scoreless innings from Angel Cuan, Adrian Rosario fanned two and walked on in the 9th. That's 21 strikeouts against four walks in 16 innings for Rosario who I was told recently I'm told by a Mets official is throwing a "plus fastball, in the low to mid-90s," "a hard slider" and a "nice changeup that bottoms out of the zone." That sounds like a nice mix that should earn the 22-year old a trip to double-A fairly soon.

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Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to return to game action on a 75 pitch count in the Florida State League today says Adam Rubin at ESPNNY.

In the Daily News, Andy Martino quotes a "high-ranking team official" as saying: "?A lot of people might forget about Mejia,? said one high-ranking team official. ?But he is progressing very well, and he could be in position to make a start for us before long.?

Hang on a second here. Mejia's AAA performance in 2011 did not suggest he was ready to contribute at the MLB level. He has made just six starts in AAA, five of which were early last year. In 2011, while his ERA was an aesthetically pleasing 2.86, his peripherals were not. He was walking 4.4 batters per nine innings in his 28 innings in Buffalo with a K/BB ratio of 1.5. Were his control issues the symptom of a damaged elbow or were they a young pitcher struggling to throw strikes against tough, patient AAA hitters?

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Jenrry Mejia, who had Tommy John surgery in May 2011, threw two innings in an extended Spring Training game this week. He's on a regular five-day program for starting pitchers. Barring any setbacks, he will continue to stretch out his arm and extend his outings. How his body responds over the final steps of his rehab will determine his schedule.

Reese Havens has been playing all nine innings in extended spring training games for the Mets, and has been doing so for about a week and a half.

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- Brant Rustich told Mack's Mets that he is retiring.

My arm just cannot withstand the workload to pitch at this level. The more I throw, the more the nerves continue to flare in my arm causing pain, numbness and fatigue. My own understanding from years of experience with this injury, I felt it was time to move on in my life and retire from baseball.
The Mets paid Rustich $373,500 to sign as their second pick of the second round in the 2007 draft out of UCLA, but he was rarely healthy as a professional. He did not pitch in as many as 50 innings in any season as a professional, and missed all of 2011. Since he was drafted, Rustich was diagnosed with: a stress fracture, a small labrum tear in his shoulder, damaged to his ulner collateral ligament in his elbow, a second stress fracture, and thoracic outlet syndrome which resulted in a surgery to remove a piece of rib and muscle that was causing numbness in his arm.

I ranked Rustich as the #13 prospect in the system in February 2009, and at #29 in February 2010.

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And we wrap up my mid-season(ish) look at my pre-season Top 41 prospects in the system with this one. ?There. ?I'm a completist. ?It's done.

I don't want to come off as negative about this group. ? Mejia and Nieuwenhuis were on the right track until they're seasons ended early with injuries. ?Puello and Flores are still very young, and particularly Puello has shown serious growth in the second half. ?For a top five prospect, the only way to improve your status is to be great, (as Harvey was in the FSL), or make an impact in the big leagues. ?There's still plenty to dream on here for Mets fans.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Jenry Mejia, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt Harvey, Top Prospects Series, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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There have been an awful lot of words written about Jenrry Mejia in the last few days, and with good reason.? He was not just the Mets' top pitching prospect headed into 2011, he was pitching well in AAA, and appeared to be in a position to join the big league club at some point this summer.

 

However, one story that I have no use for at this point, is the "Mejia to the bullpen" meme. ? Dude's about to have surgery to repair his elbow that will put him out of commission for roughly 12 months, and people are writing about the appropriate role for him when he returns?? Does that make any sense?? Keeping in mind how much more valuable starters are than relievers, shouldn't the type of pitcher he is when he returns dictate how he's used?

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Jenrry Mejia looks like he's headed for Tommy John Surgery. Here's the first paragraph of the release from the Mets, dated 3:38 pm Monday afternoon:

 

"Righthanded pitcher Jenrry Mejia was examined today by Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek and was found to have a complete MCL tear of the right elbow. ?Mejia underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. ?Surgical treatment has been recommended, but Mejia is expected to seek a second opinion."
 

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April is done, so it's time to hand out the hardware for the top pitcher and position player on each affiliate in the month.

This isn't purely about which player is the better prospect, but about who played or pitched better in this admittedly arbitrary endpoints game. ?In cases of a tie, deference will be given to the player who improved his prospect stock more.

We'll start with AAA, work our way down and then do an overall organization Player and Pitcher of the month.

Tags: Chris Schwinden, Jenry Mejia, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Player of the Month, Toby Hyde
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Jenrry Mejia made his third start of the season on Tuesday against the Rochester Red Wings.? It was the first game of a double header in which the Bisons dropped a pair.? The game was broadcast on the MLB Network for all to see.

Mejia had his worst statistical outing, as he gave up his first runs of the season after starting the season out with 12 2/3 scoreless.? Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up three hits, three runs, two earned, walking four, and six strikeouts,? raising his ERA from 0.00 to 0.98.

However, Mejia's outing was not as bad as his line would indicate.? It was a frigid 39 degrees at game time, and Mejia struggled to find his groove in the first inning.? On a cold day, its tough to get a good feel for the baseball, and it was clear that Mejia could not find it early.? Mejia got the first batter out, then proceeded to walk the bases loaded, really not coming close to the strikezone.? Mejia then gave up a bases loaded two-run double to Rene Tosoni giving Rochester an early 2-0 lead.? After a strikeout, Mejia walked another hitter before finishing the inning.? He threw 37 pitches in the first, 20 balls and 17 strikes.? He was clearly frustrated with himself, as he was talking to himself on the mound to go along with bad body language.? He was missing up in the zone with the fastball, and really had no feel at all.

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Thanks to modern technology, MiLB.TV broadcasts nearly every single AAA game, and also archives the games for the fan's viewing pleasure.? Yesterday, while watching the Mets lose a double header, I watched Jenrry Mejia's entire outing from Wednesday night's game vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

Now if you just look at the boxscore, Mejia's line would tell you he was pretty much in control of the game: 6 2/3 IP, 4 hits, 0 er, 3 bb, 5 K.? When I looked back at his start, I came up with my own observations on Mejia's outing, and he was good but not great.

  • Mejia threw 101 total pitches; 64 strikes and 37 balls. That is a strike % of 63%. MLB average is 62%.
  • Of the 28 batters he faced, Mejia threw only 12 first pitch strikes or 43%.? MLB average (starters) is around 60%. Of all ML qualifiers in 2010, starters only, Gio Gonzalez had the lowest 1st pitch strike % at 52.9%.
  • Mejia threw 69 FB- 44 strikes & 25 balls (64 % strikes); 24 CB- 13 strikes & 11 balls (54% strikes); 8 change-ups, 8 strikes (100% strikes)
  • Of the 20 ball put in play, 14 were weakly hit & 6 were hard hit. He induced eight groundouts and 5 fly outs.
  • Mejia got six swings and misses; 4 on change-ups, 1 on a CB, and 1 on a FB.
 

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 4, @ Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees 0

Jenrry Mejia was once again the star of the game. Mejia ran his season's scoreless innings streak to 12 2/3, as he shutout Scranton over 6 2/3 innings.? Mejia gave up only three hits, while walking three and striking out five.? Mejia did escape a bases loaded two-out jam in the sixth inning, as he got Brandon Laird to fly out to right field.

Mejia threw 101 total pitches, 64 for strikes.? His groundball/flyball ratio once again was solid (9GB/5FB). During the game, I chatted through text with Toby, and he said "Still haven't seen a curveball for a strike."? Mind you, Toby did not watch the entire game, but saw enough of it to make this observation.? Now the results are what they are, but Mejia still needs refinement in AAA.

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Today, Baseball America unveiled its annual top 100 Prospect list.? The Mets organization has 3 representatives on this list.? Jenrry Mejia (#44), Wilmer Flores (#59), and a surprise with Cesar Puello (#77).

BA lists the best tool & overall grade for each prospect as well as their ETA to the big leagues.

Here are some other rankings list: ESPN by Keith Law (insider req), as well as AOL Fanhouse, and Project Prospect.

Tags: Baseball America, Cesar Puello, Jenry Mejia, Other Prospect Rankings, Wilmer Flores
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Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen shared his comments about Jenrry Mejia, and I echo the sentiments posted by Toby earlier today. Warthen based his reasoning on Mejia?s delivery.? Although not comparing Mariano Rivera to Mejia, I found Warthen's connection worth looking into.?

Although Rivera did have elbow surgery (not Tommy John) in 1992, he still not had developed his cutter, so there is no direct link to Rivera's elbow problems and his cutter.? As Toby put it ?I still want to see evidence of the cutter's strain on an elbow.?? I have yet to hear that throwing a cutter can cause arm problems.? It?s all based on the individual?s mechanics, and really every pitcher is one pitch away from some sort of arm injury.

Let?s look at Mejia?s mechanics:

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I wanted to comment on Mets Pitching Coach Dan Warthen's comments on Jenrry Mejia Friday.

First, here's his quote:

"A lot of people, because of his young age, still feel that he's going? to be a fairly good starter," Warthen said. "That's why baseball is so interesting. You can have differences of opinion and go on from there."

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Today, Project Prospect, posted their Top 100 prospect rankings. Six Mets prospects appeared on the list, starting with Reese Havens (42), Matt Harvey (48), Fernando Martinez (53), Jenrry Mejia (83), Brad Emaus (94), and Wilmer Flores (100).? Players are given grades rated on ceiling, floor, and risk.?? Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper ranks #1 overall.

Project Prospect differs slightly in their compiling of rankings.? They indicate they put a lot of value on a players floor as well as ceiling. They will be holding a chat for these rankings starting at around 9:30pm est, here.

Tags: Brad Emaus, Fernando Martinez, Jenry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Other Prospect Rankings, Reese Havens, Wilmer Flores
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John Sickels revisits one of the big mistakes of the last administration from early 2010, placing Jenrry Mejia, who was the Mets top pitching prospect, but one who had experienced little success above a-ball in the Major League bullpen to start the season.

Here's Sickels:

All that said, sometimes a decision is so boneheaded that it just can't be ignored: case in point, the handling of Jenrry Mejia last year..... Mejia should have been in Double-A last year working on his slider. It is to his credit that he wasn't totally overmatched in the majors, although his rough K/BB ratio shows that he wasn't ready for the competition.

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At Baseball Prospectus, Kevin Goldstein focused on Lucas Duda in his look at the Mets farm system this week.? He wrote in part that Duda's:

...a behemoth with massive raw power, Duda works the count and makes a surprising amount of contact for a slugger, with scouts saying that his statistical line is no mirage. His play in left field is laughable, but

he understands the need to improve, knowing that the presence of rookie first baseman Ike Davis in the big leagues means that the weak outfield corner is his only path to the big leagues...Duda's at bats will be right up there with Jenrry Mejia's offerings are going to be two of the most interesting things to me about the finale to the Mets season.

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Jenrry Mejia's AAA debut went well.? Very, very well.? He took a no-hitter into the sixth, where he gave up a solo home run to Michael Martinez.

His final line: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 HR.? He threw 66 of his 103 pitches for strikes.? He picked up 10 ground ball outs against two air outs.

I wasn't in Buffalo; I was in an airplane somewhere along the east coast while Mejia was throwing, but from his line, that's a great introduction to AAA.

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Mejia to AAA.? The 20-year old had been dominant in AA Binghamton where overall he was 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 27.1 IP with 26 SO against 14 BB.? In his last two starts, he'd fanned 12 and walked five, allowed four hits and tossed 14 shutout innings.

I'm off to a dear friend's or, now it should be dear friends', wedding in Lake Placid this weekend, so don't expect to hear too much from me the rest of the until Monday night.? Have fun around here.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 5, @ New Hampshire Fisher Cats 0Pure and simple: Jenrry Mejia: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 10 gb, 2 fb.? It was his longest outing of the year and the eight strikeouts in a game were his most since last June 17th.? This is your top Mets pitching prospect. This is good, very good.? (Yeah, he used up his rookie eligibility because he was on the MLB roster too long, but he's a prospect.)

Mejia told MiLB.com:

"I pitched pretty well," Mejia said. "My fastball, cutter, change and two-seamer were all good and I felt much stronger. I felt like I could throw any pitch for a strike."

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Jenry Mejia, Toby Hyde
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AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 7, Lehigh Valley Iron Piglets 3

1B Nick Evans was the star for the Bisons going 2-4 with a pair of two-run doubles. The 24-year-old is off to a nice 8-for-17 (.471) start with three doubles, in his return to AAA.

SS Ruben Tejada (.284/.332/.351) was 2-4 with a double, his 11th of the year in his 63rd game in AAA.? Lucas Duda was 2-4 and RF Fernando Martinez was 0-1, but walked twice.? I'll take that from Fernando.

Tags: 1-TextIcon, Buffalo Bisons, Cesar Puello, Jenry Mejia, Nick Evans, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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#1 1B Ike Davis

Why Ranked Here: I liked that Ike played everyday and had learned to turn his power into game production in his first full minor league season in 2009.

What Happened: The 23-year old beat up on AAA pitching for a week and a half while Mike Jacobs sucked it up at first base. Davis was installed as the Mets? everyday first baseman from the day of his call up on April 19.? He's been a few runs above average both at the plate and in the field, and by WAR is the fifth-most valuable Met.

Stock: I feel good about ranking Davis #1 coming into the season.? This might have been my best call.

Tags: Brad Holt, Fernando Martinez, Ike Davis, Jenry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Jon Niese, Josh Thole, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Reese Havens, Top Prospects Series, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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AA: Binghamton Mets 8, @ Akron Aeros 5Here's the big news in the system over the weekend: Jenrry Mejia left Sunday's game after one inning with what is currently being described as "shoulder stiffness."? That's pretty vague.? Surely, Mejia will be given a battery of tests, but I would expect him to miss his next outing, at the very least.

The Mets chose to take an unusual approach to stretching out Jenrry Mejia in his transition from the MLB bullpen to the AA starting rotation.? After a 45 pitch first outing, the plan was for him to pitch three times on three days rest while being limited to 60 pitches each time.? I can't remember another pitcher, for the Mets or any other team, on a similar program.? Can you?? Did this regimen contribute to Mejia's current shoulder problem?? How could it not??? Would Mejia's shoulder have come up sore on full rest?? Certainly possible, but we'll never know.

Four different B-Mets had two hits.

Tags: Jenry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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The Mets have been so impressed by 20-year old Jenrry Mejia in Spring Training that they are planning to make him a middle reliever to begin the season in the bullpen.? But how impressive has Mejia's spring actually been?

Mejia has faced 40 unique hitters over 43 plate appearances in spring training.

Here are their AB by level in '09:

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