Before Sandy Alderson rolled into town and traded Carlos Beltran a couple of weeks after drafting Brandon Nimmo with his first selection in the 2011 draft, the top prospect for the Mets was Jenrry Mejia. However, by July of that season, he was merely an afterthought as he was beset by injuries that included Tommy John Surgery. His status as a Mets prospect had shrunk to nothingness.
The more and more people I talk to about Tommy John Surgery, the more of them tell me that if you’re young enough you usually come back better than before. Could this be the case with Mejia?
In one fell swoop, Mejia has placed himself back to the top of young Mets royalty with a performance that had to be seen to be really appreciated. Here was Mejia, now 23, making putty out of the Washington Nationals. Here was this long-forgotten prospect firing cut fastballs, sliders and changeups that were buckling knees all day long.
I’m not talking about garden variety stuff – we are talking three plus offerings. ...