Jeurys Familia, who represented the Mets in Sunday’s All-Star Futures game has been disappointing this year. Despite a fastball that was 96-98 mph on Sunday, Familia owns a 5.85 ERA in 64.2 innings with advanced-A St. Lucie and has allowed 51 runs, 42 earned. Most damning are his control problems: 48 walks, and a team-leading 19 wild pitches.
Last week, Rick Waits, the New York Mets Pitching Coordinator, discussed his 20 year old righthander with Metsminorleagueblog.com, “He’s just trying too hard. He’s sometimes over-aggressive,” Waits explained. “He tries to make perfect pitches too often. He’s actually very much improved. His walks are spread out now. I’m not concerned at all about Familia. He didn’t really have a changeup last year. Now he’s got a good changeup and he’s using it and he likes it. What comes first, confidence or success? In his case, he’s confident, success will get him a little more confident.”
Can three doubles on national tv boost a young man’s confidence? We’ll find out when he returns to the hill later this week for St. Lucie.