It looks like 20 year old spring training phenom Jenrry Mejia is going to make the Mets opening day roster. In what role nobody knows but it looks like he will come north with the club and be a part of their opening day bullpen.
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com (launches Friday) has reported that Sean Green and Bobby Parnell will be demoted to AAA. Probably more because they have options left then entirely on performance, though Green hasn’t looked very good this spring.
This would probably mean, as MetsBlog points out, that Nelson Figueroa will make the roster as well. This is good in my eyes cause Figgy has pitched well and affords the Mets a lot of options with the way he can be the long man out of the pen and also make a spot start in an emergency. I also have a soft spot for Figgy as he’s a guy that really wants to play in New York.
That would leave one spot to be occupied by either Mejia or Kiko Calero. Calero has pitched fairly well and despite his late addition to the squad has shown improvements each week. I would still have to lean to Mejia making the club as he has largely been dominant this spring, and is potentially the best fit as an 8th inning guy. I’d like to see him matched up against batters that have already seen him a few times to see if they are able to figure him out at all. At this point I am ok with bringing Mejia up. I would rather see him in AAA for more seasoning but the fact is he is the best option and starting him in AAA would downgrade the big club.
Obviously nothing is 100% at this point, but this is the way it’s looking like it will shake out.