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Jenrry Mejia is on Track for Spring Training

February 3rd, 2014 at 1:14 PM
By Mike Phillips

One of the more compelling stories for the New York Mets in spring training is the battle for the fifth starter's spot in the starting rotation. The Mets added John Lannan and Daisuke Matsuzaka on minor league deals to compete for the job, but the favorite for the job appears to be Jenrry Mejia. Mejia re-invented himself last season as a starting pitcher, and appeared to be on the verge of solidifying his role before an elbow injury cut his season short in August. Mejia has been rehabbing throughout the winter and is on track to be ready for spring training, Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger reports

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Mejia was outstanding for the Mets last season, posting a 2.30 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched. Mejia racked up a 27:4 strikeout to walk ratio in his time with the Mets, showing some of the form that made him the team's top prospect back in 2010. The problem with Mejia has always been, however, injuries. Mejia missed the beginning of the 2013 season with inflammation in his elbow, and he was forced to be shut down early with bone chips in his elbow. Mejia also has undergone Tommy John surgery in his career, and his short stature has led to questions about whether or not he can stay healthy as a starting pitcher.

Mejia, when healthy, has the ability to be an exceptional starter for the Mets. Mejia is projected to be a fifth starter on this team, but he has the ability and stuff to be a top three starter when he's healthy. If Mejia can stay healthy, the Mets could have incredible rotation depth once prospects Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard are ready for major league competition. Mejia is a key player for the Mets in 2013, and if he can make the majority of his starts this season the Mets could have the makings of a top notch starting rotation. 

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Tags: Baseball, Jenrry Mejia, MLB, New York, New York Mets

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