2nd major league season (5th professional season)
6'0" 160 pounds (someone weighs less than Acosta)
Bats R/Throws R
Profile: He didn't start playing baseball until he was 15, and did so only because he saw how much money he could make. The Mets signed him for $17,500, and he was thrilled; it beat shining shoes every day for $8. His development last year was inexcusably halted as Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya were trying to save their jobs and realized he could help the major league job as a reliever instead of developing him into an ace of the future. He missed time twice last year due to an injury, which isn't much of a surprise when you look at his mechanics. Still, he has pure talent, and is the #1 prospect in the Mets system.
|Where is his Right Arm? You should be able to see it...this is referred to hyperabduction, and this puts a pitcher at a high risk for future injury|
|He also doesn't use his front side as leverage at all; so more stress is being transmitted/absorbed by his right elbow/shoulder. This and the hyperabuction noted above are two strikes...|
Future role: I used the comparison of Mejia to J Isringhausen to someone recently; he was tried as a starter, but ultimately his body/mechanics couldn't handle the stresses, and he moved to the bullpen. Unless the Mets spend a lot of time reworking this young man's delivery (and they've shown no foresight that they will do this), I don't foresee him being able to throw 200 innings each year.
Video: Yes I was completely impressed and excited when I saw Mejia throw during Spring Training, but when I slowed the video down/looked at the pictures, I was scared/shocked at how poor his mechanics are.
3rd base view 2011.
I hope I'm wrong and he stays healthy/the Mets realize they have a special talent and need to rework his delivery to prevent him from having two shoulder injuries again this year.
Previous 2011 Scouting Reports:
Scouting Reports that will be posted this week: Misch, Niese, Parnell, Pelfrey, Perez.
As an FYI, all the pitchers on the 40-man roster will be finished by this time next week, as the weekend will once again feature four scouting reports: A Rodriguez, J Santana, Stinson, and C Young.
Feel free to post any comments/questions in regards to what you'd like to see more/less of with these reports.