Mejia is Not ParnellI've been on a Mejia/Parnell kick recently as guys who could/and already have had some success in an MLB bullpen without much besides a fastball. It's not a perfect comparison, Mejia's fastball is better and his breaking pitches have more potential. However, when I saw Parnell in '08 in AA, and Mejia in '09 in the AFL, Parnell threw more strikes with his secondary stuff. Anyway, compare their numbers in the upper minors. I've excluded Parnell's few lousy starts with New Orleans in '08 because, ahem, Mejia has never pitched at AAA. Note that Mejia's walk rate was higher than Parnell's at AA and double it in the AFL.
Even Dan Warthen told Adam Rubin at the new ESPNNY that Mejia's breaking ball isn't there yet:
There's a lot of different options for a talent like this, because he does have a plus curveball. Now, the command of the curveball is well below major league average. But the pitch itself is above average, as is his changeup.Follow that link too for more good Mejia stories too.
Tejada LoveKevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospects on Ruben Tejada in his Grapefruit League Scouting Notebook:
"He's such an accomplished player," gushed the scout. "He's already making the routine plays routinely, and he can make the difficult ones as well. He's a fast-forward defender who knows how to slow the game down and let things come to him."Shut-Down Bisons PenWith Kiko Calero heading down to Buffalo, the Bisons could have a 'pen stocked with MLB middle relievers including Manny Acosta, Bobby Parnell, Elmer Dessens, Raul Valdes, Travis Blackley and Adam Pettyjohn.
As for his offense, the scout also thought he'd be fine, as long as one tempers expectations: "He doesn't have the tools to be a star, but he works the count, makes contact and should be more than good enough to hold his own."