Law Loves Mejia

At ESPN Insider, Keith Law has written up his first batch of prospects from the AFL including SEA’s Dustin Ackley, the Phillies Domonic Brown, but saved some of his highest praise for Mets RHP Jenrry Mejia:

The most impressive arm so far has been Jenrry Mejia of the New York Mets, who was on a short pitch count but showed two above-average pitches and a chance for a third. Mejia’s fastball sat from 93-96 mph and touched 98, he also threw a plus changeup that looked more like a two-seamer at 85-87. It should be noted, though: the latter pitch was a little inconsistent. His curveball was even less consistent, but he threw one very sharp one for a called third strike at 78 mph, with good depth and clear two-plane break. He comes from a slot just below 3/4 and needs to focus on staying on top of the ball. He missed a chunk of the second half with a strained finger, which could impact how he grips the ball even now. He has a strong, thick build. The velocity comes easily, and if his command is better than what he showed on Wednesday and he can snap off that good curveball more frequently, he’s a potential No. 1 or No. 2 starter.

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There are 5 comments

  1. big baby

    klaw on ike:

    Ike Davis of the New York Mets looks much better now than he did as an amateur, although all he really showed this week is that he can hit a fastball and can’t make the adjustment (yet) to anything else. He’s in much better shape overall — less jacked up and more athletic — and showed it at first base as well. He has legitimately plus pull power and has some bat speed, although he loads his hands pretty far down and has a lot of excess movement, all of which costs him a little time. He looked bad against all off-speed pitches but just murdered fastballs.

    1. stickguy

      well, if this is accurate, he better get working on making adjustments (maybe the Mets can find the spare change to hire a hitting coach for the minors?), or it sounds like Mike Jacobs v2.0

      simplify and quicken the swing really shouldn’t take away his power, right?

      1. big baby

        eh. that’s just part of the progression of being a prospect. that’s what AAA is for. klaw didn’t say he won’t hit them, he just said he’s yet to make the adjustment, indicating that it’s well within the realm of possibility that he can.

        you have him play in AAA this year, where he’ll see the figueroas of the world, who can spin breaking balls and change-ups, and presumably he’ll struggle and then figure it out.

      2. Toby Hyde

        simplify and quicken could well equal shorten, and yes, that could take away from his power.

        Simplifying also relates to cutting down on the movement throughout his body, that’s really ingrained. If it’s working for him now, let it keep working….

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