This was even more encouraging: of his 95 pitches, 21 were curveballs according to Brooksbaseball’s classifications. In 2010, he threw the pitch 10% of the time. If he’s going to start, he needs to throw his breaking ball. And keep throwing it. He induced a few strikeouts with the pitch. It acts like a hard curveball from 78-82 mph, with an average of 80 mph, with an average of 8 inches of vertical break. On the SNY broadcast, Ron Darling referred Mejia throwing the offering with a “slider grip.” Whatever it’s called, Mejia needs to throw the pitch more to keep batters off his fastball.