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Please Mets Don't Rush Mejia Like Strasburg!

NEW YORK - JUNE 20:  Jenrry Mejia #32 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees on June 20, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Keith BennettCorrespondent IAugust 31, 2010

 The Mets must be careful with Mejia starter-turned reliever-turned starter. If Mets rush this kid too quickly he end up like Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg's season ended after 12 starts, 92 strikeouts and 68 innings pitched. He pushed his right elbow to the zenith of performance until it snapped on him. This could happen to Mejia if he push to this point like Strasburg. Mejia is working on two fastballs and maxing out at 97 mph. Mejia worked magic in his first start at Triple-A Buffalo, where he took a no-hitter into the sixth against Syracuse and finished with one run allowed over eight innings. The 20-year-old righty struck out nine and walked one in the game. Mejia has too much potential for the Mets to play around with. Some see Doc Gooden in this young flame thrower. I see a new ace for the Mets rotation in the future.

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