Mejia earned the first win of his Major League career. Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner and Josh Edgin have also earned their first career wins this season.
"The stuff is above the charts," Collins said after the game. "A 96, 97 mph fastball, nice little breaking ball. We'd like to get a third pitch in there, which I think he'll learn. You can't keep having eight, nine and 10-pitch at-bats, because they add up fast."
Mejia is 1-5 with a 4.68 ERA in 37 appearances and five starts during his short career.
"I felt a lot better tonight," Mejia remarked after the game. "My mechanics felt really good tonight. I tried to throw every pitch down in the zone."
Mejia was most definitely better last night than he was in his previous start against the Brewers. He clearly still has a way to go before he can be consistently effective at the big league level and he probably needs more time in the Minor Leagues to fine tune his repertoire. He has great stuff, but it is all very raw still and, as Terry said, he needs a consistent third (and maybe fourth) pitch. His breaking pitches have so much movement, but he has trouble starting them in the strike zone - and that results in a lot of balls, pitching from behind, and a lot of deep counts. As a result, his pitch count gets escalated quickly. Last night, he needed 51 pitches to get the first six outs. But, it's good to get a look at all of this now, see where Mejia is in his development and determine what he needs to work on this winter, all while allowing him to learn against big-league hitters.