Mejia’s AAA Debut = Excellent.

Jenrry Mejia’s AAA debut went well.  Very, very well.  He took a no-hitter into the sixth, where he gave up a solo home run to Michael Martinez.
His final line: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 HR.  He threw 66 of his 103 pitches for strikes.  He picked up 10 ground ball outs against two air outs.
I wasn’t in Buffalo; I was in an airplane somewhere along the east coast while Mejia was throwing, but from his line, that’s a great introduction to AAA.

Asked postgame, what worked for him, Mejia said that it was all working: “My fastball, cutter, changeup,” he replied.  He also blew a hole in the nothing that his fastball is a separate pitch from his cutter, ” Somebody say my fastball[is]  like a cutter, but it’s [a] fastball.  Every pitch was pretty good today…”

Bisons’ manager Ken Oberkfell was impressed, “He threw the ball great.  He had electric stuff.  Everything he threw, moved.  He was throwing 96, 97 with movement.  His changeup was moving.  He had a good breaking ball.”

The Bisons ended up losing 4-1 on a night that will be very damaging for their wild card hopes because Columbus, the team they are chasing, beat Indianapolis 6-4 so the Bisons are now 3.5 out with eight to play.  The team entered play 2.5 games behind the Columbus Clippers with nine to play.  The Bisons have a double-header on Saturday the fourth and Mejia could pitch on regular rest Saturday in Lehigh Valley

Some other Bisons:
After an 0-4 night, Kirk Nieuwenhuis is hitting .182/.265/.307 in 22 games in AAA with nine walks against 30 strikeouts.
Nick Evans was 2-3 with a double.  He’s hitting .319/.391/.563 in 31 games with the Bisons this season.

There are 3 comments

  1. MikeMac

    Keep him away from Jerry,Warthen,and all this negativity that surrounds this Met team.Let him pitch in meaningful games down the stretch.Hopefully watch him pitch post-season games.Just my opinion,i could be wrong.

  2. theperfectgame

    It’s also worth mentioning that Justin Turner returned to the lineup last night (playing SS?). Looks like we may get to see him in NY this season after all.

  3. Russ

    I watched him pitch last night on milb.tv. He was scary through the first three innings, where I think that it is safe to say that any major league team would have struggled against him. Its also very possible that he would not have gotten through eight innings against a World Series caliber team. All in all, Mejia was very impressive.

    The Mets should be able to go into spring training with their rotation set, and Jenrry part of it. That’s encouraging. The Mets, hopefully, won’t feel pressured to rush the development of their top pitching prospects.

    Its too bad that Jerry and Omar kept him on the Mets roster for as long as they did. Now Mejia has no shot at the 2011 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Aside from Mejia, it was good to see Justin Turner playing again. He deserves a shot with the Mets. Nieuwenhuis had another 0-fer, but was impressive in the field. I really like Captain Kirk’s defense.

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