John Maine made his 1st spring start today, but Jenrry Mejia stole the show again going 3 shutout innings allowing 2 hits (1 of which was an infield hit that he misplayed), 0 runs, 0 walks, and 1 strikeout.
Jerry Manuel seems to be in love with Mejia; hes clearly pushing the Mets to let him use Mejia as part of the bullpen this year, which really would be awful. Mejia needs to be in AA working as a starter, period. Calling him up late in the season and having him work in a brief relief role ala Neftali Feliz, Joba Chamberlain, or David Price would be alright, but the entire season in the Mets' bullpen would really hurt his development as a starting pitcher. He should not be converted to a relief pitcher until he falls on his face as a starter. Hopefully the Mets don't F this up.
Edit, 3/9: I just noticed Baseball Prospectus has their top 30 organizational rankings up, the Mets ranked 15th. Heh, so much for people calling the system "bottom 5 in baseball".
15. New York Mets
Last Year’s Ranking: 18
Why They Are Here: The system is on the upswing, thanks to a nice group coming from the international market and, for the first time in a while, a draft class (2009) that looks like it will pay some dividends. With four Top 101 prospects and a three-star list that runs into the early teens, there's room for optimism here.
Where They Will Be Next Year: The Mets could add another Top 50-type with the seventh overall pick in the draft, their highest slot since 2004, and fourth-highest pick in the last 25 years. Top prospects like Jenrry Mejia and Ike Davis have more of a 2011 timetable, so Fernando Martinez is the only top prospect likely to lose his eligibility this season.
I should mention that I think their draft class comment is a typo - they must mean 2008, not 2009.
Edited by nmigliore, 09 March 2010 - 12:14 PM.