Hefner perfect in return

Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner was perfect in an inning of work for the Gulf Coast League Mets on Saturday, his first time pitching in a game since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28 , 2013.

The 28-year old had a perfect 1-2-3 inning for Port St. Lucie.

Hefner has an 8-15 career record and has 36 starts in his career for the Mets.




21 comments
Michael Leiman
Michael Leiman

Before he was injured, Heffner had a run of about 5 or 6 weeks where he was as effective as anybody throughout the Majors. Hard to know if he can return to that and, barring a whole rash of injuries, hard to see where he could fit in with the Mets as anything beyond a long reliever. He struck me as a very nice, down to earth guy who was making the most of (by MLB standards) moderate talent and I hope he makes it all the way back.

Joe Schwartzman
Joe Schwartzman

Can't have enough pitching.Good luck to Jeremy on his comeback

semperfi
semperfi

Hefner can be a solid 4-5 guy in many MLB rotations and should be slotted into the rotation when ready so to build trade value and then can be moved alone or packaged to get a nice return, just about every team in MLB needs at least one rotation guy and Hefner can definitely fill that role, we did not do this with Colin McHugh and gave him away for nothing and now doing a great job with Houston, 93 Ks and only 58 hits in 83 innings of work with a 3.28 ERA and his WHIP is lower than any Mets starter, again, play your cards right with Hefner and you can get a nice return, don't and you will get what you did for McHugh, nothing.

Darrell Smith
Darrell Smith

Hopefully they will be xtra carefull and slow with Harvey.We don't need him to go thru what Santana went thru.

Dan Rowe
Dan Rowe

Arm is healed, bring him up and put him in the pen to be the long man

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

They ought to take it slow with his re-hab, the guy is a good pitcher!!!

Dan Davis
Dan Davis

Hefner figured something out last year.  I wonder if he remembers what it was?


From April 25 to July 12, 15 starts, this is what Hefner did: 94 innings, or 6.2 per start, an ERA of 2.77.  His ERA suffered over his last five or so starts, which probably had to do with the injury.


For that matter, in Hefner's rookie year, 2012, his ERA would have been 4.42 instead of over 5.00, but for one awful start against the Phils, in which he gave up seven earned runs, recording zero outs.  A 4.42 ERA is not unheard of from a rookie who goes on to be a good pitcher.


Not to say that he has a place on these Mets, but somebody should be able to use him.

TheTrueStork
TheTrueStork

Does anyone remember that run Hefner had from the end of June into July 2013?  He had five better-than-quality starts in a row, and dominated in three of them.  He really showed us something before he got injured, and I'm hoping that he can return to form.

1harris1
1harris1

Hef pitched well over a stretch last season, but he's nothing to get excited about. A healthy Hef probably equates to no better than a swing man on a good team.

Best of luck to him though. Seems like a nice guy, based on watching him in some interviews last season.

jaydhn
jaydhn

Hefner was becoming the perfect long man/emergency starter before his injury. Hope he returns to form.

Dan Davis
Dan Davis

@Anthony Bellingeri Jr. 


The Orioles and the Yankees, the Blue Jays and the Phillies -- those guys don't have too much pitching.


Hefner is an asset; the Mets have needs.  Take it from there.

atrain311
atrain311

If I recall, he found success using both sides of the plate and more importantly the inside portion of the plate. After that Yankees game he spoke of being aggressive and going after hitters.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@1harris1  I wish him well...on another division team. Loved the Mets to face him three or four times a year.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@stemog @Leif Granlind  I'm sorry but I agree. This guys brings nothing. We have more than enough and can always bring in someone better.

stemog
stemog

@cleonsvan @stemog @Leif Granlind More than enough guys who have proven nothing at the big league level. At least Hefner gives at the very least what Dice-K does. He's a perfect long man/spot starter.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@stemog He doesn't impress me. His stuff is ordinary. I don't get what management sees in him.

zoddie
zoddie

Gee's stuff is ordinary, too. He's still great.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@zoddie  Gee has pinpoint control on his secondary stuff and a bulldog demeanor. He has literally become a 1B or 2A starter.