Ted Burg from over at TedQuarters.net writes a good article on why people need to be careful when comparing Jenrry Mejia with other pitchers from the past. People like to bring up names of pitchers that had success as young as Mejia. They also like to talk about guys who started in the bullpen and then were able to make the transition back to the starting rotation.
And heck, for all I know, Jenrry Mejia can dominate out of the Mets’ bullpen this year while at the same time perfecting that secondary arsenal, then transition smoothly into the rotation next year to become a frontline starter and serve as a comp for all sorts of future young pitchers to come.
But as far as I’m concerned, it’s hard enough for a prospect to turn into a frontline starter without obstacles to his development, and the Mets would be best served making Mejia’s path to becoming a big-league frontline starter as smooth and effortless as possible.
It could be a pivotal moment for Mejia whenever the Mets make their decision on what to do with him. It’s my opinion that all pitchers should be starting pitchers, until proven otherwise. But as the debate rages on I can see a lot of merit on how Mejia, at 20, starting in the bullpen could be a good thing for his progression.
It’s merits back and forth under consideration, I think it’s going to boil down to can this guy help the club right now? With both the Manger and the GM sitting in the fire with their jobs on the line, do we really expect them to make a decision for the long term betterment of the club?
It will be interesting to watch, that’s for sure.