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?
As with all of the other pitching prospects in the system, his own performance will dictate his assignment. Mejia is no different. The Mets could use a starter, but Mejia has to earn the spot in the next month. The Florida State League is a good first step, but it's a long way from Queens.
They're playing a morning game in St. Lucie, and Mejia has given up a run on three hits through two innings. Box.