Originally written January 23, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
Why isn’t anyone taking a serious look at Jeremy Hefner? He put up far better numbers than Mejia last season. Count me among those who don’t believe Hefner received an entirely fair shake last year — such is life for an unproven pitcher without the “prospect” pedigree. Many of the rookie’s starts came on short notice or odd amounts of rest, hindering his ability to prepare. Yet outside his seven-run debacle against the Phillies in late September, which did come on regular rest, he proved to be a solid spot starter. But pedigree matters when doling out opportunities, and unlike Mejia, Hefner has never earned scouting acclaim for sensational stuff or velocity. His Minor League track record is far from notable. Hefner has proven that he can hold his own at the game’s highest level, which is important. And if the Mets change course and do not sign a free-agent fifth starter, he will certainly have an opportunity to battle Mejia and others for the job come spring. But barring some sudden...
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