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10/11/1989 (27 y, 5 m, 16 d)
$2.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Mejia has received a lifetime ban from MLB after testing positive for PEDs for the third time, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. (2/12/2016)
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Coming up through the minor leagues, Mejia used his "Mariano-like" cutter to rack up good strikeout and ground-ball totals, so maybe it wasn't so surprising that a management team that knew they had little time left in the driver's seat elected to use him in the bullpen in 2010. The problem with the move from a development perspective is that Mejia needs to improve his secondary pitches, and working out of the pen reduced him almost to a one-pitch pitcher. The fastball was nice, but 76% usage of one pitch is not ideal for a starter. The new regime will start Mejia at Triple-A, and the best bet is that it'll take at least a half-season of sustained excellence at the level for him to resurface in the Major Leagues. If he does so as a starter, and with three working pitches in his arsenal, he'll be interesting -- at the very least, as a spot starter. Keeper leaguers will have to hold Mejia because of his reduced trade value, but there's still something there worth keeping an eye on. (Eno Sarris)
The Quick Opinion:
Nice strikeout and ground-ball rates in the minor leagues came to a screeching halt when the Mets elected to move Mejia to the pen in 2010. The good news is that the new regime will put him in Triple-A and that he'll be much more prepared to be a useful starter the next time he sees the Major Leagues.
Jenrry Mejia has seen his star dulled considerably since he was once a mainstay on Mets' top prospect lists. He still has 94 mph gas, but the whole package isn't working at the major league level. He can't control any of his pitches, really, and batters have just been refusing to swing. They definitely know not to reach when he goes out of the zone, an important part of keeping walk rates down. Some team mismanagement when it comes to his role -- a lot of up and down and in the bullpen and back out again -- may have stunted the development of his secondary stuff, but he's still only 23, and he still has a fastball with good horizontal movement and great gas. Maybe he ends up closing for the Mets, sooner rather than later. (
The Quick Opinion:
He's finally dropped off of all the Mets' top prospect lists due to both his playing time and his upside, but don't forget about Jenrry Mejia. There's still some stuff underneath all that lack of control and those bad major league numbers -- he may not make the rotation, but that pen shouldn't be tough to crack.
Optimism regarding Mejia's future had become pretty muted by the end of 2012. Eno Sarris wrote of the young right-hander in last year's profile that, despite Mejia's armspeed, "the whole package isn't working at the major league level." Five starts in 2013 were enough to suggest that the package would indeed work at the major-league level -- in terms of preventing runs, at least. The addition of a slider to his repertoire and hitherto unseen command allowed Mejia to record strikeout and walk rates of 24.1% and 3.6%, respectively, while also inducing ground balls at a considerably above-average rate (58.0%). The perfect pitcher, is essentially what Mejia was for 27.1 innings. Unfortunately, after having his season debut delayed until late July with forearm tendinitis, Mejia was done by mid-August, in need of surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow. If healthy, he's a definite candidate to outperform his projections. The frequency of injury has been frustrating, however. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Mejia was nearly the perfect pitcher in 2013 -- when he pitched, that is. Arm injuries both delayed and then cut short his season, however. Health and not talent is of greater concern now.
Since his arrival to the majors at age 20, Mejia’s batting average on balls in play hovers around .330, which has grounded his value. Some early 2014 struggles as part of the Mets rotation sent him to the bullpen for good. Since his first relief appearance in 2014, Mejia’s ERA was 2.72 with a top 50 contact rate for relievers over 40 innings pitched. That came with a .344 BABIP, back issues and a sport hernia. Despite it all, he saved 28 games and should be the Mets closer of the future once Tommy John returnee Bobby Parnell gives way again. As the season went on, he made good decisions with his repertoire. While starting to struggle, he swapped out cutters (great from a grounder-to-fly ratio, but lacked whiff potential for him) and curves for sliders, changeups and mixed in more elite sinkers – all great pitches for Mejia that induce whiffs over 30+% of the time. (
The Quick Opinion:
Jenrry Mejia has a very successful season of almost 30 saves under his belt, and he will only be 25 in 2015. Even if manager Terry Collins might want Parnell to be the closer when he returns, by the end of the season Mejia should take the role back.
With a second suspension for performance enhancing drugs that carries a 162-game suspension, Jenrry Mejia is in inauspicious company. He and Alex Rodriguez are the only two players to ever receive the full-season ban. However, speculation that the suspension would also mark the end of Mejia’s tenure with the Mets proved untrue as the club tendered the arbitration-eligible Mejia with a contract for the 2016 season. His career performance shows why the Mets were willing to do so. His career ERA, FIP, and xFIP are all comfortably under 4.00, and since 2013, he has struck out more than a batter per inning. Mejia even recorded 28 saves in 2014. That second suspension would have held until August, but Mejia failed yet another test this offseason and is banned for life by the new rules. The stupidity of this chain of events almost makes you wonder if there's more to the story, but that's not something you have to figure out while he's on your fantasy team. (Scott Spratt)
The Quick Opinion:
Because of his second PED suspension, Jenrry Mejia is suspended for two-thirds of the 2016 season. However, the Mets still tendered Mejia a contract, and his career performance is good enough that he could potentially save games in August and September. Because of his third PED suspension, however, it looks like Mejia will be banned from baseball for life.
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