David Lennon expects Jenrry Mejia to start Saturday against the Cubs in Chicago. It could be the beginning of a nice ride to the rotation for the 20-year-old, who pitched 27 innings in relief earlier in the season.
There is an interesting quality about this young pitcher. Mejia’s bio indicates that he was shining shoes at the age of 11 in Santo Domingo and didn’t play baseball until age 15. He was slight of build but his fastball drew pro scouts. The Mets signed him for a mere $16,500.
Mejia might have been an ex-Met at the trading deadline if not for a strained rotator cuff and the team’s questionable standing as a postseason contender. It all seems to have worked toward this week and his elevation back to the majors as a starting pitcher. Expect Mejia to throw some home run pitches, but also average close to a strikeout an inning. A successful late season audition could very well lead to a spot in the rotation next year as the Mets get even younger in a rebuilding mode.
Mejia would replace Pat Misch, who is 3-15 in his big league career.