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."
Both Brewer and manager Wally Backman (appropriately) deferred on Mejia's future role when asked by MiLB.com, but pointed out he's been effective as a starter in two go rounds in AAA.
Brewer: "I think it's up to [Mets manager] Terry Collins and [Mets pitching coach] Dan Warthen from a standpoint of what they need. He's very versatile and he's able to slip into the bullpen and slip into the rotation."
Backman: "I think he can fit in both roles, depending on the needs at the Major League level," Backman said. "To me, from what I've seen, I think he can do both."