According to WFUV’s Amit Badlani, Terry Collins said he has not yet discussed calling up either Jenrry Mejia or Jeurys Familia this season.
However, Collins did say Sandy Alderson would like to see them in the big leagues in September.
Collins said he knows Mejia has excelled as a starter but has struggled as a reliever. However, given the rotation plans for next season, Mejia’s role might be as a “close-the-door” reliever.
Michael Baron, ContributorAt this point, they should be called up when rosters expand, and it sure sounds as though that will happen.
Mejia has been outstanding as a starter but has struggled as a reliever with Buffalo this year. But he expends a lot of energy per pitch, which means he might be better suited for the bullpen physically. However, it clearly remains to be seen whether or not he can make the proper mental adjustments to be in that role.
In regards to Familia, his command has been a huge problem this season, but he has shown glimpses of the kind of pitcher he’s expected to become – it’s just been an uneven flow for him from start to finish.
Nevertheless, the time is now for them to show the organization what they can do at the big league level. They need to pitch in the roles they’re envisioned to be in so everyone can have an idea about what they have in them going forward. September is a short sample, but it can still go a long way towards mapping out an off-season plan for a bullpen in need of another makeover.
Mejia is 2-2 with a 3.39 ERA in 63 2/3 innings with Triple-A Buffalo this season. He is 0-1 with a 1.16 ERA in five starts this season, but 1-1 with a 5.48 ERA as a reliever.
Familia is 7-7 with a 4.98 ERA in 24 starts this season, having allowed 118 hits and 66 walks while striking out 100 in 112 innings this season.