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Monday, August 11, 2014

J. Jaffe: Young pitchers Jacob deGrom, Jenrry Mejia sidelined for Mets

####, it’s like charting a minefield, isn’t it?

the [Mets] announced that Jacob deGrom has been scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start due to shoulder soreness, and after a gut-wrenching 7-6 defeat, closer Jenrry Mejia — who blew the save and was charged with the loss — revealed that he has been pitching through a hernia that will require surgery.

The 26-year-old deGrom… barely grazed the major top prospect lists coming into this season, maxing out at No. 10 on Baseball America’s list… When the team decided to move Mejia to the bullpen in mid-May, deGrom got deCall (sorry), and since then, he’s been their best starter.

Through 16 starts and 100 1/3 innings, deGrom’s delivered a 2.87 ERA (124 ERA+), 3.06 FIP, a 22.9-percent strikeout rate and a 75-percent quality start rate, all tops among the team’s starters…

To replace deGrom for Tuesday’s start (and perhaps beyond), Rafael Montero has been recalled from Las Vegas. Considered the organization’s second-best pitching prospect behind Noah Syndergaard, Montero cracked some but not all of the major prospect lists prior to the season, topping out at No. 60 on that of ESPN’s Keith Law but making none of the more recent midseason lists… At Las Vegas — a pitchers’ hell if there ever was one — he’s put up an impressive 3.28 ERA while striking out 9.1 per nine…

Mejia is taking medication to manage the stiffness and discomfort caused by the injury, and hoping to make it through the season under such a regimen before having surgery…

A consensus top-20 prospect at the outset of the season, ​Syndergaard has scuffled this season at Las Vegas, an aggressive assignment for a 21-year-old righty whose 11 starts at Double-A late last year represented his first stint above A-ball. Syndergaard has been touched for a 4.79 ERA at Vegas, though a .388 batting average on balls in play has a whole lot to do with that; his peripherals — 0.8 homers, 2.9 walks and 9.3 strikeouts per nine — are all strong… he’s been in a groove lately, allowing just six runs (three earned) in 22 1/3 innings over his past four starts to lower his ERA from an unsightly 5.70.​


 

 

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