Found December 12, 2011 on Mets Merized Online:
When the Mets signed RHP Jenrry Mejia as an IFA out of the Dominican Republic, in 2007, they knew they were getting a diminutive 17-year-old, with an electric fastball. He was brought along slowly with his innings pitched, so as not to damage this tender young thoroughbred. He needed to be babied, while his body filled out, not rushed as was the custom for the Tony Bernazard led Mets minor league system of those days. He pitched 43 innings that first summer, in the DSL, as a 17-year-old. He was increased to 72 innings as an 18-year-old, in 2008. He at first over-matched GCL hitting for three starts before landing in Brooklyn for 11 starts, where I was able to see him pitch in person. I liked what I saw, a skinny kid with a sizzling fastball, and the makings of a stellar curve. As a 19-year-old, in 2009, he was radically challenged by being sent first to the advanced A, Florida State League to play with St. Lucie. There he did more than merely hold his own against a league averaging...
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