The Ike Davis and Jenrry Mejia Effect

Matt PaoneContributor IMarch 29, 2010

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Infielder Ike Davis #78 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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  Ike Davis and Jenrry Mejia are arguably the New York Mets top two prospects. They are considered the future, but the difficult question is: should they be the present? Davis has already been sent down to the minors to start the season so we know we won’t see him for at least a month or two. Mejia is still currently fighting for a big league spot and he has Jerry Manuel pushing for him to make the club.

Ike Davis looks like he is going to be a stud, however the Mets organization feels that he needs more seasoning and the best place for him to do that is in triple A.  Personally, I like Daniel Murphy and I’m glad to see that he will be given another chance to show he can be a starter. Davis will be a future all-star, and hopefully with him being only a phone call away, it will cause Murphy to perform above expectations. As the old saying goes, “competition makes for the best results”.

Jenrry Mejia is the best pitching prospect the Mets have had in a long time.  He looks like he has that “it” factor, the only question about Mejia is if he is going to be a starter or a reliever. Mejia has only been a starting pitcher in his professional career, but Manuel is pushing for him to be the setup man for Francisco Rodriguez this season.  God help us if the Mets mess Mejia up like the Yankees have messed up Joba Chamberlin. Similar to Ike Davis, let’s see if Mejia has a ripple effect on the Mets pitchers like John Maine, Mike Pelfrey, and Oliver Perez  to perform above their expectations as they know there is a top prospect waiting in the wing if they struggle.

I feel the Mets should leave Davis in the minors until at least June. By doing this they give Murphy two months to show he can play. Best case scenario would be Murphy batting 280 or better, and Davis gets a full season in the minors to hone his skills. Worst case scenario would be Murphy bats sub 250, and Davis is brought up in June to rejuvenate the Mets. Jenrry Mejia should be in the big leagues from day one. He should be setting up K-Rod for the season, and hopefully they form a dominating 8th and 9th inning combination. Another best case scenario would be Maine, Pelfrey, and Perez all pitching well, and Mejia and K-Rod are dominating late in games. Another worst case scenario would be Maine, Perez, and Pelfrey all would be struggling, and Mejia does not perform up to his potential, and it would look like the Mets rushed him up the ranks to soon.