Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/9/12
Aaron W. asks…Who is the better starter between Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia? Is one better than the other? Are they starters or relievers in your opihion?Sean replies...The Jeurys Familia/Jenrry Mejia question will loom large in 2013, and honestly – there aren’t many accurate answers. Familia had a mixed season, and despite his ERA his control did in fact improve as the season went on, going down from 22 walks in 21.2 April innings, to 12 walks in 33.2 innings in August. The stuff is there, and a key fact to remember is Familia didn’t begin pitching until he was 16, as where prospects like Jon Niese had been drafted with years of experience – at 18.Jenrry Mejia has been bounced around and had his progress butchered by consistently moving from the rotation to the bullpen. His 2011 season was cut short by TJ surgery, and as with most TJ survivors, the control is the last thing to return. Mejia’s control in the minors wasn’t horrible – but the strikeouts vanished. Mejia has a speci...
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