Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mets Have More Than One Major Pitching Prospect At Class-A PSL

For several seasons now, the New York Mets have been unable to boast a formidable starting rotation. Too many walks and too few innings has been the mantra. Until the recent injury to Mets' wonder arm, Jenrry Mejia, there was some immediate light at the end of the tunnel. That is now gone.

So now we must take a step back and reevaluate the Met's farm system. MLB.com anaylst, Peter Gammons, did just that (VIDEO) only days prior to Mejia's injury and came back with some encouraging results. Although many fans only know the name Matt Harvey, when it comes to Mets pitching prospects, we needn't look any further than Harvey's teammate, Jeurys Familia, to know that the Mets have other young guns in waiting.

At 21 years of age, Familia is in his fourth year with the Mets' organization. Despite having some legitimate control issues in previous years, he currently finds himself second with a 1.49 ERA, trailing only Harvey in the Class-A Florida State League. In his six starts this season, Familia has averaged just over 6.0 innings per outting, striking out 36 and walking only 8 in that time frame. His increase control has allowed him to pitch to a 0.80 WHIP, leading the Florida State League in that category.


Although Familia may be the lesser known of the Mets' young arms, he may find himself fast tracked, along with Harvey, to Double-A Binghamton should his success continue. There, they would catch up to other Mets' prospects, Brad Holt and Robert Carson, who themselves have put together solid 2011 campaigns to date.

While Mejia's injury may have all but eliminated the organization's major league ready pitching talent, the reinforcements are coming. We are likely to see much more of these youngsters during spring training next year and shouldn't be surprised to see one or more contributing at the major league level during the 2012 campaign.

Nonetheless, the Met's often criticized farm system still has some horses in it. If Mejia is able to rebound, the 2013 season could find not only a much improved starting rotation, but could also find the Mets with the best young pitching in baseball.

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