Saturday, March 06, 2010

Who Is This Guy?: Jenrry Mejia

From seemingly out of nowhere, Jenrry Mejia arrived at Pt. St. Lucie determined to save the Mets bullpen. Jerry Manuel, noting his damn naaaaasty cutter, basically proclaimed that Mejia is the second coming of Mariano Rivera. Mejia's endearing response to that was: "When I saw that in the paper, I said, 'Whoa, Mariano what?'"

Who IS Jenrry Mejia, exactly?

- Mejia was born on October 11, 1989. Yes, 1989. He was born on the same day as Michelle Wie. Unlike Michelle, Jenrry was born in Santo Domingo.

- Baseballprospectus lists Mejia at 6'0" and 162 pounds. He bats and throws right-handed. Mariano Rivera is 6'2", 185, in case you were wondering.

- Jenrry has always been Mets property: He signed with the team as an international free agent on April 4, 2007. He went 2-3 with a 2.47 ERA that year in the Dominican Summer League.

- In 2008 he played for both the Gulf Coast Mets and the Brooklyn Cyclones, obtaining a 5-2 record with a 2.89 ERA over 14 starts.

- In 2009 he was promoted to A-ball, going 4-1 with a 1.97 ERA before being called up to AA Binghamton where he regressed a bit, going 0-5 with an ERA of 4.47 in 10 starts. However, he struck out 47 batters in 44.1 innings.

- After starting in 40 of his 47 minor league appearances, Jerry Manuel is looking at Mejia as a possible 8th inning reliever.

- But definitely not as a bat off the bench: Mejia has a lifetime batting average of .000 in 10 plate appearances. He struck out five times but totally walked once. Fist poundage!

- He wore Pedro Martinez's number (45) in Pt. St. Lucie.

- Baseball America thinks he's the 56th best prospect in all of baseball.

- Save us Jenrry. Save us.

1 comment:

Brian said...

Wow, so much about this surprised me. Is Mariano really 6'2"? He seems so much smaller.

As for the choice of number 45 - I love it. I wonder if it's a coincidence or not.

I'd like to see him starting in AAA this year and not put in the bullpen - but since when do they listen to me?