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Mejia News Makes Harvey More Important

By Mike Silva ~ February 11th, 2011. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Mets.

Matt Harvey hasn’t thrown a pitch yet for the Mets organization, but the 2010 #1 draft pick out of UNC may already become the most important prospect in the organization.

The quotes from Dan Warthen in Port St. Lucie today regarding Jenrry Mejia‘s future as a reliever puts a damper on the possibility the organization, for all its issues with the farm system, had a potential top of the rotation starter. There was logic to Warthen’s statement. He believes “he works hard to throw a baseball,” and the volume of pitches required to be a starter gives him reason to worry about Mejia long term. It sounds like he may be physically built for shorter spurts than a starter workload. I could make a big deal about how Warthen just damaged Mejia’s trade value with his comments, but the real story, in my opinion, is how Matt Harvey becomes that much more important.

Back in June I wrote how Harvey is a power pitcher (96-97mph) that just completed his junior season. He needs some work on his secondary pitches and has struggled with his command. Scouts believe there are delivery issues that will need to be worked on during his minor league career. Adam Foster of Project Prospect said back in January “Harvey’s stuff is good, not great. He’s around the zone a lot. Command isn’t great. Below-average curveball. Metal to wood will help him a lot.”

All scouting reports you read give you reason to believe Harvey very well could be suited for the bullpen versus the rotation. It’s too soon to tell, but the Mejia news, and skepticism about Harvey, certainly hurt the Mets in organization starting pitching depth.

Fortunately, Sandy Alderson seems to be prepared to change this starting with the June amateur draft. That night might become one of the more critical of the season if both Mejia and Harvey are destined for the bullpen.

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4 Responses to Mejia News Makes Harvey More Important

  1. Shamik

    Every damn scouting report on pitchers hedges and says they may be more suitable to relief than being a starter. Just let the kid develop at his own pace. Whatever pitching role he eventually fulfills, if he consistently gets people out for a reasonable amount of money, then its all good in my book.

  2. Stu B

    Excellent point, Shamik. And if an organization’s pitching depth is that dependent on any 1 or 2 guys, then that organization has much bigger issues than who’s a starter and who’s a reliever.

  3. michael

    Dan Warthen’s statement has absolutely no bearing as to whether Meija’s starts or relieves. If he is pitching well as starter then he will start

  4. Shamik

    Warthen, is also entitled to his opinion. It doesnt necessarily mean that is what the team will do. I mean, nearly all pitchers get a few shots at being a starter, and if it doesn’t work out then they’ll slide into relief roles. Mejia is no different. I have no problems with him being a serviceable reliever. We sure could have used one in 07 or 08!

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