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It seems like a long time ago the Mets made the rash—and ultimately disastrous—decision to convert highly-touted 20-year-old prospect Jenrry Mejia into a reliever and begin the 2010 season with him at the big-league level.
Over 39 innings, the results were mixed as he posted a 1.69 WHIP and allowed a walk-off home run to Chris Iannetta.
He eventually injured his elbow, which required Tommy John surgery, and he missed all of 2011 to set back his development.
The 6'0" right-hander made it back to the big leagues at the end of 2012, but struggled mightily with his control and failed to strikeout many batters as his WHIP ballooned to 1.82 and his K/9 was 4.5.
Personally, I find those numbers to be irrelevant, as Mejia was in the process of regaining his command from the surgery and was jerked around a bit between starting and relieving.
For 2013, his role will be determined in spring training. Although he was much more effective as a minor league starter, the greater need in the organization is currently as a reliever.
Regardless, given that he will be nearly a year removed from returning from surgery, he will have a much greater impact on the season.
After all, he was the No. 1-ranked prospect in the organization and only 5-star prospect in 2010 for a reason.
His mid-90s cutters will have the National League in fits.