Jenrry Mejia: How the New York Mets Should Handle Him

Nick Carlo@@carlo2612Analyst IIMarch 16, 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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The New York Mets' farm system has been lacking ever since they acquired Johan Santana from the Twins.  Their farm system began to get ranked near the bottom of the best farm systems. 

It was hard for the Mets to rebuild their farm system but it seems like they have been doing a pretty good job.  Fernando Martinez, Ike Davis, and Jenrry Mejia are looking like the Mets' top prospects.

All of those guys have the tools to be amazing.  So far in Spring Training all of those players are exceeding their already high expectations.  They are all producing and showing what they can be in the future, and for one of them the future might be really close. 

Jenrry Mejia has impressed everyone in the Mets organization this spring.  He impressed them so much that they are even considering having him on this year's Opening Day roster. 

This is such an outrageous thought because Mejia is still only 20-years-old.  He is extremely young, but pitches like he's a lot older. 

Jerry Manuel is Mejia's biggest fan, and has fell in love with him this spring.  I am not a Jerry hater, but I don't agree with some of the stuff that he does. 

Jerry Manuel might make Mejia the Mets' setup man to begin the season.  You're probably asking yourself why Jerry Manuel is calling the shots, and not Omar.  I am too, and I'm finding it a little scary that the Mets' manager and general manager never seem to be on the same page. 

Enough of that though, I'm getting off topic. 

The question with Mejia is a simple one, do we give him a shot at the bigs or send him back to the minors?  Everybody's opinion differs, but I strongly believe that Mejia should be sent back down to either AA or AAA. 

Don't get me wrong, I would love to see Mejia pitch successfully with the Mets, but I think that sending him down to the minors will be better for himself and the organization.

Jenrry is only 20 and I definitely do not want the Mets to rush him to the bigs.  A perfect example is the Yankees' Joba Chamberlain

Joba came up to the majors at a very young age to pitch in relief.  He was a lights out pitcher and dominated the MLB.  After his stellar debut the Yankees didn't know what to do with him.

The Yankees wanted to make Chamberlain a dominant starting pitcher now.  That plan blew up in their face.  The Yankees didn't really handle him well.

They gave him a pitch limit for all of his starts.  Most of his starts weren't successful and Joba was a mess.  They couldn't figure out whether to put him in the bullpen or the rotation.  They still haven't decided yet, however they will make their decision at the end of Spring Training.

He is currently fighting with Phil Hughes for the fifth starter spot, and he is not doing too well.  It is looking like Joba will be in the bullpen at the start of this season.  I think that the Yanks should make their decision and just leave him alone.  No more messing around with him, just let him pitch.

That whole problem can happen to the Mets with Mejia.  It will be a mess, and make fans very frustrated.  I really want Mejia to be a starting pitcher in the MLB.

He has the talent to be a very good one too.  He can be much more important to the team in the rotation opposed to the bullpen.

The Mets haven't had a pitching prospect as talented as Mejia for a long time.  I'm not going to make any comparisons right now.  The organization has to be very careful with this phenom and handle him the right way. 

They should send him to either AA or AAA and have him in the rotation.  If he is successful then he can find his way to the bigs as soon as September.  If I could have it my way I would have him in the starting rotation in 2011. 

If the Mets handle this phenom well then they can have themselves a great starting pitcher for many years to come.