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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
33.0 4.66 1.57 34 2 1 1 0.1
Birth Date10-11-1989
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age30 years, 1 months, 9 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.22015
2016
2017
2018
0.12019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2010 NYN MLB 33 3 39.0 0 4 0 46 20 22 3 91 10.6 4.6 0.7 5.1 0% .319 1.69 4.74 4.62 102 4.48 101.1 0.2
2012 NYN MLB 5 3 16.0 1 2 0 20 9 8 2 100 11.3 5.1 1.1 4.5 0% .327 1.81 5.44 5.63 95 3.44 78.8 0.3
2013 NYN MLB 5 5 27.3 1 2 0 28 4 27 2 95 9.2 1.3 0.7 8.9 0% .329 1.17 2.43 2.30 69 2.22 53.0 0.9
2014 NYN MLB 63 7 93.7 6 6 28 98 41 98 9 97 9.4 3.9 0.9 9.4 0% .336 1.48 3.70 3.65 89 2.73 67.0 2.2
2015 NYN MLB 7 0 7.3 1 0 0 4 2 7 0 88 4.9 2.5 0.0 8.6 0% .222 0.82 2.07 0.00 79 2.56 59.9 0.2
CareerMLB11318183.3914281967616216959.63.70.88.057%.3301.483.823.68893.0872.93.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2007 DME Rk DSL 14 7 43.7 2 3 1 24 27 47 0 4.9 5.6 0.0 9.7 0% .233 1.17 3.10 2.47 0 0.00 0.0
2008 BRO A- NYP 11 11 56.7 3 2 0 42 23 52 4 92 6.7 3.7 0.6 8.3 0% .257 1.15 3.96 3.49 106 3.31 67.8
2008 MTS Rk GCL 3 3 15.0 2 0 0 9 3 15 0 101 5.4 1.8 0.0 9.0 0% .225 0.80 2.14 0.60 84 2.97 60.7
2009 SLU A+ FSL 9 9 50.3 4 1 0 41 16 44 0 96 7.3 2.9 0.0 7.9 0% .279 1.13 2.52 1.97 86 3.62 76.1
2009 BIN AA EAS 10 10 44.3 0 5 0 44 23 47 2 100 8.9 4.7 0.4 9.5 0% .333 1.51 3.42 4.47 93 5.25 110.4
2009 gcr Wnt AFL 6 6 14.3 1 3 0 25 13 16 0 15.7 8.2 0.0 10.1 0% .472 2.66 4.94 12.59 0 0.00 0.0
2010 NYN MLB NL 33 3 39.0 0 4 0 46 20 22 3 91 10.6 4.6 0.7 5.1 0% .319 1.69 4.74 4.62 102 4.48 101.1
2010 SLU A+ FSL 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 102 2.3 0.0 0.0 15.8 0% .167 0.25 -0.07 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2010 BIN AA EAS 6 6 27.3 2 0 0 19 14 26 0 108 6.3 4.6 0.0 8.6 0% .268 1.21 2.99 1.32 0 0.00 0.0
2010 BUF AAA INT 1 1 8.0 0 0 0 5 1 9 1 109 5.6 1.1 1.1 10.1 0% .250 0.75 3.41 1.13 0 0.00 0.0
2010 MTS Rk GCL 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 4 1 3 0 99 12.0 3.0 0.0 9.0 0% .444 1.67 2.50 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2011 BUF AAA INT 5 5 28.3 1 2 0 16 14 21 1 89 5.1 4.4 0.3 6.7 0% .200 1.06 3.90 2.86 104 3.00 61.2
2012 NYN MLB NL 5 3 16.0 1 2 0 20 9 8 2 100 11.3 5.1 1.1 4.5 0% .327 1.81 5.44 5.63 95 3.44 78.8
2012 SLU A+ FSL 2 2 11.0 1 0 0 7 2 8 1 109 5.7 1.6 0.8 6.5 0% .200 0.82 3.66 2.45 97 3.23 67.3
2012 BIN AA EAS 2 2 8.0 0 0 0 11 3 8 1 102 12.4 3.4 1.1 9.0 0% .435 1.75 3.94 5.63 95 6.33 131.7
2012 BUF AAA INT 26 10 73.7 3 4 0 75 24 39 4 102 9.2 2.9 0.5 4.8 0% .290 1.34 3.82 3.54 104 4.64 96.7
2012 LIC Wnt DWL 7 7 25.7 1 2 0 22 10 19 1 7.7 3.5 0.4 6.7 0% .276 1.25 3.33 4.21 0 0.00 0.0
2013 NYN MLB NL 5 5 27.3 1 2 0 28 4 27 2 95 9.2 1.3 0.7 8.9 0% .329 1.17 2.43 2.30 69 2.22 53.0
2013 SLU A+ FSL 2 2 8.0 0 0 0 10 4 14 0 101 11.3 4.5 0.0 15.8 0% .526 1.75 1.24 4.50 61 4.53 98.4
2013 BIN AA EAS 2 2 11.0 2 0 0 6 4 9 1 97 4.9 3.3 0.8 7.4 0% .192 0.91 3.95 0.82 105 3.28 71.3
2013 MTS Rk GCL 2 2 5.7 0 0 0 8 2 3 0 105 12.7 3.2 0.0 4.8 0% .364 1.76 3.45 3.18 107 5.64 122.4
2014 NYN MLB NL 63 7 93.7 6 6 28 98 41 98 9 97 9.4 3.9 0.9 9.4 0% .336 1.48 3.70 3.65 89 2.73 67.0
2015 NYN MLB NL 7 0 7.3 1 0 0 4 2 7 0 88 4.9 2.5 0.0 8.6 0% .222 0.82 2.07 0.00 79 2.56 59.9
2015 LVG AAA PCL 4 0 4.0 0 0 1 4 0 6 0 9.0 0.0 0.0 13.5 0% .400 1.00 0.59 2.25 60 2.50 54.9
2015 MTS Rk GCL 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 13.5 0.0 0.0 18.0 0% .600 1.50 -0.70 0.00 72 3.72 81.7
2018 DME Rk DSL 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0 79 3.0 3.0 0.0 21.0 100% .333 0.67 -0.18 0.00 72 3.72 78.6
2018 MET Rk DSL 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 93 2.3 0.0 0.0 6.8 50% .100 0.25 1.99 0.00 72 3.41 72.1
2019 LOW A- NYP 6 0 6.3 0 1 1 7 1 8 1 9.9 1.4 1.4 11.4 63% .333 1.26 3.40 4.26 89 3.91 80.5
2019 PME AA EAS 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 33% .333 1.00 1.16 0.00 86 4.03 82.9
2019 PAW AAA INT 42 0 48.0 2 7 7 52 16 49 9 9.8 3.0 1.7 9.2 42% .321 1.42 5.21 6.38 102 5.27 108.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2010 702 0.4986 0.4387 0.8182 0.6000 0.2784 0.8667 0.7143 0.1818
2012 299 0.4783 0.4114 0.8374 0.6014 0.2372 0.9070 0.6757 0.1626
2013 435 0.5241 0.4621 0.7264 0.5614 0.3527 0.8984 0.4247 0.2736
2014 1522 0.4862 0.4402 0.7239 0.5865 0.3018 0.8479 0.4958 0.2761
2015 101 0.4158 0.5050 0.7059 0.6190 0.4237 0.8462 0.5600 0.2941
Career30590.49130.44230.75640.58860.30140.86510.55550.2436

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-19 2014-08-23 DTD 4 3 - Low Back Spasms -
2014-08-08 2014-08-08 DTD 0 0 - Hernia -
2014-08-05 2014-08-07 DTD 2 2 - Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2014-06-13 2014-06-15 DTD 2 2 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-04-16 2014-04-21 DTD 5 4 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger - -
2014-03-29 2014-03-31 Camp 2 0 Right Forearm Contusion Batted Ball - -
2014-03-24 2014-03-28 Camp 4 0 Right Foot Bunion - -
2013-08-18 2013-09-30 60-DL 43 41 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Chips 2013-08-28 -
2013-03-22 2013-07-26 60-DL 126 98 Right Elbow Recovery From Inflammation - -
2013-03-12 2013-03-22 Camp 10 0 Right Elbow Inflammation -
2013-02-15 2013-03-11 Camp 24 0 Right Forearm Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2012-04-04 2012-05-30 Minors 56 52 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2011-05-16 -
2011-04-30 2011-09-06 Minors 129 118 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2011-05-16
2010-09-16 2010-10-04 DTD 18 16 Right Upper Back Strain Rhomboid -
2010-06-28 2010-08-07 Minors 40 0 Right Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff -
2009-06-24 2009-08-12 Minors 49 0 Right Fingers Strain Ring Finger -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 BOS $
2018 NYN $
2017 NYN $
2016 NYN $
2015 NYN $2,595,000
2014 NYN $509,675
2013 NYN $494,925
2012 NYN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$3,599,600
3 yrTotal$3,599,600

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 137 dLegacy Agency1 year (2019)

Details
  • 1 year (2019). Signed by Boston as a free agent 1/29/18 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.625M in majors.
  • 1 year/$1.729M (2018). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/5/18 (avoided arbitration). Will not be paid while under suspension. Released by NY Mets 11/20/18.
  • 1 year/$1.976M (2017). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/10/17 (avoided arbitration). Maximum 20 percent pay cut. Will not be paid while under suspension.
  • 1 year/$2.47M (2016). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/22/16 (avoided arbitration, $2.595M-$2.345M). Received lifetime suspension 2/12/16 for violations of MLB policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
  • 1 year/$2.595M (2015). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/28/15 (avoided arbitration, $3M-$2.1M). Placed on restricted list 4/11/15 (positive PED test).
  • 1 year/$509,675 (2014). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/3/14.
  • 1 year/$494,925 (2013). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/3/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by NY Mets 4/5/10.
  • Signed 2007 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic. $16,500 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 8.1 0 1.8 41 3 51.7 39 24 53 5 .260 1.22 3.20 3.49 -2.4 -0.3
80o 6.8 0 1.5 36 2 45.0 37 23 46 5 .277 1.33 3.63 3.96 -4.3 -0.5
70o 6 0 1.3 32 2 40.4 36 22 41 4 .289 1.42 3.95 4.3 -5.3 -0.6
60o 5.3 0 1.2 29 2 36.6 34 21 38 4 .300 1.49 4.22 4.6 -6.0 -0.6
50o 4.7 0 1 27 2 33.1 32 20 34 4 .310 1.57 4.49 4.89 -6.4 -0.7
40o 4.2 0 0.9 24 2 29.7 30 18 30 4 .320 1.64 4.76 5.18 -6.7 -0.7
30o 3.6 0 0.8 21 1 26.2 28 17 27 3 .331 1.73 5.05 5.5 -6.8 -0.7
20o 3 0 0.6 18 1 22.3 25 15 23 3 .344 1.83 5.41 5.89 -6.7 -0.7
10o 2.2 0 0.4 14 1 17.0 21 13 17 3 .361 1.98 5.92 6.44 -6.1 -0.7
Weighted Mean4.60126232.33119334.3071.544.444.84-6.1-0.7

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
202030432635908555911049.3051.564.634.898.55.59.11.00.3
20213132253476744478949.3111.554.544.808.85.29.21.10.3
20223232254578764680949.3111.564.574.838.85.39.21.00.3
20233332245464653864849.3161.624.825.099.25.49.01.10.1
20243422140357563458749.3101.584.805.078.85.49.21.10.1
20253521132346462747649.3131.594.835.109.05.39.21.20.0
20263621128241412441549.3121.604.775.049.15.39.11.10.1
20273721128240392340549.3121.564.785.058.85.29.11.10.1
20283821126237372238549.3131.584.825.098.95.39.21.20.0

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 84 C.J. Wilson 2010 3.66
2 83 Jesse Crain 2011 2.89
3 82 Dennys Reyes 2006 1.42
4 82 Tony Pena 2011 6.64
5 81 Joba Chamberlain 2015 6.51
6 81 Neal Cotts 2009 7.36
7 81 Curtis Leskanic 1997 5.55
8 81 Matt Albers 2012 3.13
9 80 Justin Grimm 2018 10.38
10 80 Todd Wellemeyer 2008 3.94
11 80 J.P. Howell 2012 3.04
12 80 Gary Lucas 1984 3.40
13 80 Chris Ray 2011 4.96
14 80 Manny Delcarmen 2011 0.00 DNP
15 80 Kevin Correia 2010 5.52
16 80 Bill McGee 1939 3.82
17 80 Roy Lee Jackson 1983 4.79
18 80 Jumbo Elliott 1930 4.27
19 80 Mark Eichhorn 1990 3.83
20 80 Ricardo Rincon 1999 4.84
21 79 Mark Lowe 2012 3.43
22 79 Neftali Feliz 2017 6.46
23 79 Francisco Liriano 2013 3.02
24 79 Jack Wilson 1941 6.65
25 79 Russ Christopher 1947 3.54
26 79 Jose Mijares 2014 0.00 DNP
27 79 Dan Wheeler 2007 5.79
28 79 Kyle McClellan 2013 7.71
29 79 Mike Timlin 1995 3.00
30 79 Daniel Hudson 2016 5.82
31 79 Lance Lynn 2016 0.00 DNP
32 79 Felix Doubront 2017 0.00 DNP
33 79 Jason Christiansen 1999 4.06
34 78 Fernando Rodney 2006 4.52
35 78 Rafael Perez 2011 3.86
36 78 Tim Stoddard 1982 4.18
37 78 Jack Sanford 1958 4.93
38 78 Lance Cormier 2010 4.06
39 78 Kevin Gregg 2007 3.64
40 78 Bill Voiselle 1948 3.81
41 78 Derek Holland 2016 5.20
42 78 Chris Reitsma 2007 8.37
43 78 Jim Mecir 1999 3.05
44 78 Xavier Hernandez 1995 4.70
45 78 Mike Hartley 1991 4.32
46 78 Len Barker 1985 6.72
47 78 Robinson Tejeda 2011 6.14
48 78 Wandy Rodriguez 2008 4.26
49 78 Kevin Jepsen 2014 2.63
50 78 Jason Hammel 2012 3.66
51 77 Blaine Boyer 2011 10.80
52 77 Pete Vuckovich 1982 3.86
53 77 George Frazier 1984 4.08
54 77 Mace Brown 1938 5.97
55 77 Bryan Hickerson 1993 4.34
56 77 Al Holland 1982 3.82
57 77 Scott Stewart 2005 0.00 DNP
58 77 Doug Henry 1993 6.22
59 77 Bartolo Colon 2002 3.28
60 77 Seth McClung 2010 0.00 DNP
61 77 Casey Janssen 2011 2.26
62 77 Adam Ottavino 2015 0.00
63 77 Steve Hamilton 1964 3.58
64 77 Brett Cecil 2016 4.17
65 77 Jose Arredondo 2013 0.00 DNP
66 77 Dolly Gray 1927 5.68
67 77 Wil Ledezma 2010 7.32
68 77 Sam McDowell 1972 4.71
69 77 Ray Culp 1971 4.01
70 77 Joaquin Benoit 2007 3.07
71 77 Bill Campbell 1978 4.44
72 76 Melido Perez 1995 5.97
73 76 Ken Howell 1990 5.06
74 76 Zach McAllister 2017 2.32
75 76 Johnny Sain 1947 4.06
76 76 Windy McCall 1955 4.50
77 76 Van Lingle Mungo 1940 2.45
78 76 Jerry Blevins 2013 3.45
79 76 Aaron Loup 2017 4.21
80 76 Wesley Wright 2014 3.54
81 76 Juan Oviedo 2011 4.20
82 76 Don Heinkel 1989 6.49
83 76 Tug McGraw 1974 4.47
84 76 Billy O'Dell 1962 4.04 DNP
85 76 Matt Moore 2018 7.24
86 76 Lefty Mills 1939 7.07
87 76 Jack Billingham 1972 3.43
88 76 Terry Adams 2002 5.00
89 76 Casey Fossum 2007 8.41
90 76 Chris Short 1967 2.44
91 76 Rosy Ryan 1927 0.00 DNP
92 76 Marc Rzepczynski 2015 7.46
93 76 Gary Lavelle 1978 3.78
94 76 John Habyan 1993 4.31
95 76 Travis Wood 2016 3.54
96 76 Cliff Politte 2003 5.84
97 76 Bob Locker 1967 2.53
98 76 Mike MacDougal 2006 1.55
99 76 Larry Andersen 1982 6.33
100 76 Randy Myers 1992 4.29

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 Mejia's 162-game suspension for anabolic steroids—his second steroid suspension in two seasons—marked something of a first in our cultural conversation about PEDs. Rather than lamenting the integrity of the game, or debating the ethics of this drug versus that drug, everyone just called Mejia a selfish idiot. While it may not be an adequate defense either of his ethics or his idiocy, consider the long injury history and the bizarre way in which the Mets jerked him around from starter to reliever to starter to closer. At the very least, this was not a man secure about his health, his role or his future. Would that make stanozolol the right move? Well, maybe. But if he was insecure before, how's he feeling now?
2015 You probably heard most about Mejia for his “excessive” postgame celebrations—a laughable controversy in which the media seemed to care far more than the players themselves—but his real story of 2014 was one of self-discovery and heartwarming deliverance. After injury upon injury, role reversals and re-reversals, Mejia flourished as a closer when Bobby Parnell went down and Jose Valverde was Jose Valverde. Although his curve and slider are functionally very similar, a four-pitch offering (with no four-seam fastball) is odd for a closer and difficult to square up in a single at-bat. Mejia has taken his lumps and succeeded in spite of it; you can't blame the guy for doing a little dance.
2014 You have to feel for Mejia. First he inexplicably made the Mets as a reliever out of 2010 spring training, botching his burgeoning development as a starter. Once hed cleared that hurdle, he underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-2011. After recovering from that, he reported to Triple-A Buffalo in 2012, where the Mets once again couldnt decide if he should start or relieve. And finally, after all that, Mejia made five solid major-league starts in 2013, with 27 strikeouts against four walks in 27 innings and on August 28th, he underwent season-ending surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. Theres a great pitcher in here, we sweartry as the Mets and Mother Nature might to keep him down.
2013 Mejia posted good groundball numbers in his return from Tommy John surgery, but he didn't miss bats at Buffalo. The Mets called him up anyway in September and gave him two relief appearances and three starts (two bad, one decent). Mejia, who is short-ish and solidly built, pumped his fastball in at 95, with a little extra in relief. Scouts were calling Mejia a future reliever long before he went under the knife and the lost development time and questions about whether his body can handle the rigors of 200 innings per year only give that analysis more force. He should be a filthy setup man or closer, though.
2012 The Mets rushed Mejia to the big leagues in 2010, but he was well on his way to getting back there legitimately in 2011 when his elbow went pop, leading to a lost season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. That will also cost him spring training and the first month or two of the 2012 season. Lost development time almost assures his long-term role is in the bullpen, but with an explosive mid-to-upper-90s fastball, he could be part of an impressive power bullpen of the future.
2011 Mejia held his own in Double-A as a teenager in 2009, striking out 9.5 per nine. His success excited New York's front office, which had enrolled the right-hander in an accelerated development program designed to propel the team's top prospects to the majors at a younger age than usual. Even if implemented properly, the program ran the risk of stunting the development of those involved, and unsurprisingly, Mejia's season became a prime example of how not to bring a young hurler along: the Mets stuck him in the bullpen, forced him to focus almost entirely on his fastball80 percent of his pitches thrown in relief were heaters, which didn't help his change or benderand used him for all of 27 2/3 innings in that role before sending him back to the minors, where he should have been to begin with. Mejia returned to the rotation in time to make three starts toward the end of the year, but 2010 did little for his growth as a pitcher. He remains an excellent prospect, and will spend this season starting in Triple-A under the aegis of the new administration.
2010 The most exciting young arm in the system, Mejia struck out more than a batter per inning at Double-A as a teenager, and his fastball is as exciting as the numbers suggest. While a little undersized, his thick, muscular build provides 92-96 mph fastballs, and he can maintain that velocity all night long. The pitch also has both horizontal and vertical movement, almost dancing as it gets to the plate. Mejia's changeup is advanced for his age; really the only knock against him are occasional control lapses and some real struggles in developing a consistent breaking ball. He's been rushed through the system so far, but the Mets will slow things down a bit in 2010, keeping him at Double-A in the hope that he can find enough beyond the fastball to turn into an impact starter.
2009 Dominican righty Jenrry Mejia has the best pure arm in the system, with a fastball that regularly reaches the high 90s; he'll join Flores and Marte as part of the fearsome collection of talent at Low-A Savannah.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2015-10-06 19:30:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Chris Archer's hair (and broadcasting ability) and will it be tamed after ESPN talks to him?
(jks19 from Virginia)
It's like people never saw the majesty of Jenrry Mejia's amazingly large mane.- JP (AL Wild Card Game Chat)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which pitcher is more likely to continue their strong start, Garrett Richards or Jenrry Mejia?
(Ned F. from Springfield)
Mejia. But if this is for fantasy be careful about his injury history. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)In an 8-team NL-only keeper league, I snagged Carlos Martinez & Jenrry Mejia for $1 each in our auction this year hoping they would be allowed to start or close. mejia is paying off, but do I hang on to C-Mart any longer?
(Kingpin from Grinnell, IA)
Yeah sit tight for a little longer. Martinez has been far from special, but he's not killing ya at a buck even with modest ratios and a crappy K rate. See if the K rate surges over his next 10-12 outings and go from there (obviously if valuable SP or new closer pops up that you have to pounce on, it should be at the expense of CMart, but hold if it's not blocking you from others) (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)So Jenrry Mejia. What do you think Mets fans should be expecting from him this year and what tweaks should he make to have a chance at staying in the rotation?
(AMetsGuy from NYC)
I just don't see him holding up in the rotation, and I think that he is destined for the bullpen. His delivery is as high risk as it gets, with big momentum and massive torque, but horrible balance and egregious spine-tilt. His timing issues leave him with frequent bouts of elbow drag, which is a major precursor to elbow injury, so I don't think that his health problems are a coincidence. He also lacks the frame to suggest that he can withstand a starter's workload in light of such mechanical inefficiencies. Basically, he would need a complete overhaul to his delivery for me to feel good about him in the rotation.

The stuff is legit, though. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of impact can Jenrry Mejia have for this upcoming season? What is his potential?
(MetsFaithful5 from Syracuse)
Last I saw, the Mets were debating opening the season with Mejia as their fifth starter. Without knowing for sure how many starts he gets, it's hard to peg his impact. I do think, health provided, he's got the chance to be a useful starter. He compiled some nice numbers in five starts last season, and seemingly hasn't been worse for the wear this spring despite having an odd developmental path due to the Mets' indecisiveness and his own durability woes. I'd like to see them give him a full season of starts and see what he could do with them. If he can't hold up physically then it's time to throw him in the pen. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Keep hearing that Jeurys Familia has looked good in Winter Ball. But what exactly can Mets fans expect from him out of the bullpen? Can he be consistent and develop the command and secondary stuff to be a real force or will he just be a hard thrower?
(AMetsGuy from NYC)
I've heard reports of serious velocity from him this winter, which is fantastic news. If he's healthy, he should be consistent enough to be a reliever. Hopefully the Mets will just let him be a reliever instead of trying to force him back as a starter and creating another Jenrry Mejia fiasco. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Jenrry Mejia's erotic stuff and 80 grade hair? Do you think he can stick as a starter?
(Sam from Candy Land)
The hair and arm are fantastic. If the Mets try to make him a starter again, I'm just going to laugh at them. Literally, out loud, to people who don't care. (Jeff Moore)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jenrry Mejia has some seriously good stuff. I would put it on the level of Wheeler's and Thor's. Yet as a Mets fan it frustrates me to no end that he can't stay healthy. Do you think his size and violent delivery keep him from throwing 200 innings?
(Jack from Hoboken)
I am generally not a fan of the "violence" tag, but in Mejia's case it is absolutely true. He has a tornado of rotational velocity that he can't contain, and the volatility of his delivery worries me even more than the sheer magnitude of his ferocity. I also tend to not focus too much on absolute size, but in Mejia's case he clearly lacks the functional strength to stabilize his violence, so his physical attributes are indeed a concern. I see a future in the 'pen unless he makes drastic changes to his physical profile.

On the jukebox: Metallica, "Creeping Death" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Who are some low owned SPs that are good stashes for next year? Wily Peralta? Nate Eovaldi?
(The Dude from Couch)
Hey Dude. I hope you're abiding.

This question depends on what you define as low and what ownership percentage you're looking at. I'll use ESPN and 10% or lower as the threshold.

Hector Santiago is only owned in 9.5% of ESPN leagues. Everyone keeps waiting for him to falter, but he's striking out over a batter an inning and continues to pitch very well. He's a must own for me.

Danny Salazar is probably going to be on an innings limit this year, but he should crack the rotation next year with a decent spring. His stuff is electric, even if he is "just" a two-pitch pitcher. He's a nice speculative add.

Jenrry Mejia has looked terrific so far. Health is pretty much the question with him. He's trying to throw a little less hard to keep the strain off of his arm, but he's still getting results. Yes, there's risk here. But in a mixed league, if you're stashing guys, go high ceiling. The guys who are free agents - even in a mixer - all have question marks. Go with upside, not boring "certainty" (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)What kind of value do you think Jenrry Mejia provides ROS in a 14 team, 5x5 mixed league roto? How would you rank him with Colon, Porcello, Dempster, Kendrick, Salazar? Assume for sake of argument his health stays about where it is now.
(Larry from New York)
Hey Larry.

Mejia's solid if he stays healthy, but that is a significant IF. I'd probably rank those guys Colon, Salazar, Mejia, Kendrick, Dempster, and Porcello. I don't trust Colon's low K%, but you have to tip your cap. Salazar - who I've already referenced a couple of times - is electric. Mejia isn't electric but shows flashes. The last three are inconsistent in deeper mixed, but I like Kendrick the most and Porcello the least of the 3, at least in non-keepers. You really want more upside than Kendrick (anything above that line) in a deeper mixed. (Mike Gianella)
2011-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Higher ceiling: Matt Harvey or Jenrry Mejia?
(rjmoore from Boston)
Well, at this point, Harvey, certainly. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-03-22 11:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Paul, I was wondering what you thought of Jenrry Mejia and what his ceiling is? I think he has potentially three plus pitches and a bright future ahead of him.
(Azeem from Queens)
I think Jenrry Mejia is a stud. There's no doubt about his stuff - it's electric - and he's also a tremendous worker with great energy. Bright, bright future. Very glad he's a Met. (Paul DePodesta)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Tommy ... thanks for the chat ... Jenrry Mejia or Matt Harvey for better chance of being a top-flight SP for the Mets sometime in the future?
(dianagramr from NYC)
With Harvey you have the inconsistency of his track record, and with Mejia you have the uncertainty about his ultimate role. Because Mejia is more in control of his uncertainty than Harvey is of his, I'll go with Mejia. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Two questions Marc: 1) Phil Hughes, really this good or are we going to some regression and growing pains as the league catches up? 2) Jenrry Mejia, does the continued presence in the bullpen stunt his development or is really a valuable learning experience? ... I think he'd be better served pitching in the minor every 5th day given his upside.
(Jquinton82 from NY)
I'm with you on Mejia. He's not going to have time to mess with his array of pitches if he's in the bullpen pitching every now and again. That's the Mets for you though.

I like Hughes a lot and have for a long time now. His walk rate is still a bit high for me, but you have to love the strikeout rate. I think he's pretty legit (with obvious SSS ERA caveats). (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Was is surprising Tyson Ross or Jenrry Mejia made their team's rosters?
(Nick from Reno)
Mejia didn't shock me, but Ross certainly did, and he pitched very well last night. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)I have the 2nd overall pick in an expansion draft... who do you like best of the following: Michael Stanton, Desmond Jennings, Domnic Brown, Aroldis Chapman, or Jenrry Mejia?
(Jquinton82 from NY)
I have to go with the power hitters and take Michael Stanton. Everyone has been raving about him this spring. (John Perrotto)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two pitching questions: 1) What are the chances of Bumgarner finding that missing velocity? 2) Jenrry Mejia, 8th inning or Triple A? And Happy St Pat's
(Jquinton82 from NY)
Happy St. Pat's to you too, especially when it's such a gloriously beautiful day (here in Chicago, at least). I think Bumgarner's going to be fine, and would refer you to some of the things Kevin Goldstein has said about how, last year, he'd been allowed to throw too much between games, and that was the problem. I'd love to see Mejia stick around, in part because he'd be another guy to count among those story-changing youngsters that the organization does have almost ready. However, like Josh Thole, I can see taking their time and easing him in later on this season. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-11-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jenrry Mejia's been torched in the AFL. Is he the Mets top pitching prospect?
(Rhys from Near Shea)
He's easily the Mets top pitching prospect, as the arm is really special, despite the fact that on the mound, he's often a bit of a spectacular mess. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Why do you hate Jenrry Mejia so much?
(LCB from NY)
Ok, so let me get this right, any prospect who I don't think is in the Top 20 of all of baseball, I now hate? Ok, got it. Man, that's a lot of hate to go around. I like Mejia just fine, but if you think he's top 20, that's kinda nuts. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's your opinion on Jenrry Mejia and do you think Jason Heyward should get some MLB time in August?
(Mike from Utica, NY)
I like Mejia a lot and he's one of the few blue-chippers in the Mets' system. I think it's a stretch to think Heyward is ready to jump into a pennant race but I could see him getting a September callup and being in the lineup sometime in 2010. (John Perrotto)
2009-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your opinion on Jenrry Mejia and whom do you think will be the best out of the rookie centerfielders: Maybin, Rasmus, McCutchen, and Fowler?
(Mike from Utica, NY)
I'm not informed enough on Mejia to give a good answer but I will say that I think Rasmus will be the best of the four center fielders just because he has a little more power than the others. That being said, I think all four have a chance to be well above-average big leaguers. (John Perrotto)


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