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Jeurys Familia has had bouts with the Mets in 2012 and 2013. But he still hasn't played enough in the majors. After failing to impress as a starter, the Mets hope that Familia will dazzle as a full-time relief pitcher, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
Familia has had a miserable 2013. By the end of April he had a 2.84 ERA that immediately increased to an ERA of 4.50 within the next 10 days. Familia was then sent to undergo elbow surgery in order to fix bone spurs from his right elbow. He didn't return to the majors until September 17, when he gave up one earned run in just a third of an inning.
The Mets shut him down after that. But there's still hope that Familia can meet expectations and become a successful reliever.
Right now, Familia is a reliever for the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League, where he has an ERA of 2.20 over 6.2 innings. That's obviously not great. He is a hard thrower, but he needs to learn to control the baseball. His fastballs won't be of any use if he can't execute them properly.
Once he controls the ball, he won't be giving up many hits and walks.
His WHIP is 1.73 in the majors, which places him at the middle-end of current Mets pitching. And while with the Mets last season, Familia had terrible numbers against both left-handed (.313 BA) and right-handed batters (.280 BA).
He has the potential to do great, because like Jeff Walters, he is an excellent strikeout pitcher. In 6.2 innings, Familia has struck out 12 batters during winter ball. Familia just needs to learn to channel his control into producing more strikeouts.