AAA Monday: Jenrry Mejia: Impressive, with Hiccup

AAA: Rochester Red Wings 6, @ Buffalo Bisons 1 

After rolling through the first two innings, Jenrry Mejia lost his command in the third inning when allowed three walks and four runs. The first scored on a bases-loaded walk, and the next three on a bases loaded triple.

His final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. He threw 65% of his pitches (57 of 88) for strikes. He induced eight groundouts.

The results were not great, but altogether, I thought it was an impressive night for Mejia. His sinker, when it was down picked up grounder after grounder. The Bisons’ broadcast crew repeatedly mentioned his 95 mph velocity. His curveball had bite. I thought a few of the more hard-hit against him were on changeups, but it was hard to tell on my computer screen.

The Bisons have six games remaining, so the Mets could have Mejia make one more start in AAA. He’s up to 86.2 innings this year after 28.1 last year in a season lost to Tommy John surgery. In 2011, he threw 81.1 innings between the big leagues and the minors. I would like to see the Mets give Mejia another start in AAA and then a few turns through the big league rotation.