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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.

Tags: Analysis, Jenry Mejia , Toby Hyde
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