The Next Mariano Rivera, Is On The Mets

Matt PaoneContributor IMarch 1, 2010

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Pitcher Jenrry Mejia #76 of the New York Mets poses during photo day at Tradition Field on February 27, 2010 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Spring training is a great time for all baseball teams. It is a time where every team feels optimistic about their team and really enjoy the game of baseball. Many teams have their entire roster figured out but some teams have position battles at certain key positions. Young players also get a chance to play with the veterans from their respected organizations. Spring training time could also bring on lofty expectations and sometimes these expectations are unfair.

                Darryl Strawberry and Jerry Manuel have found someone within their organization that they have compared to Dwight Gooden and Mariano Rivera. Gooden, also known as Doctor K, was one of the greatest players in Mets history.  Dwight was considered a phenom as he was only 19 years old when he debuted for the New York Mets. Mariano Rivera is arguably the best relief pitcher of all time. He is also one of the best Yankees of all time. Jenrry Mejia is the young prospect that is drawing such lofty comparisons. He is 20 years old and throws a mid to upper 90 fastball which also has natural cutter movement. The natural cutter movement is what caught Strawberry's eye. He went on to say, “I honestly can say I've never seen anyone else throw a pitch like that except for Mariano."

                If Mejia becomes half the pitcher that Mariano Rivera is for the Yankees the Mets organization and fans will be very pleased. The only problem is that so many young players are hyped up to be the next big thing and often fizzle out under the pressure. Hopefully for Met fans this young stud lives up to the high expectations and helps form a great home grown nucleus with; David Wright, Jose Reyes, Ike Davis, Fernando Martinez, Mike Pelfrey, John Niese and Bobby Parnell. Let me hear what you all feel; do you feel it’s fair to compare Mejia to Dwight Gooden and Mariano Rivera? Do you think he will be an all-star pitcher?