Jeurys Familia has the potential to be dominant in the Mets bullpen

Michael Baron, Contributor

In a report for MLB.com, Bernie Pleskoff said Mets RHP Jeurys Familia is one of the more promising and intriguing pitchers the Mets have in their organization.

“One has to look past Familia’s Fall League numbers to realize the upside and potential in his strong right arm,” Pleskoff said. “If he can control his best pitches, two-seam and four-seam fastballs and a slider, he will make a tremendous impact at the end of a ballgame.”

Jeurys Familia 1 (Baron)

Pleskoff – who scouted Familia during the Arizona Fall League last season – said Familia still must work to improve his mechanics, but believes he can get through these problems to become a dominant reliever in the bullpen.

“There is a great deal of mechanical inconsistency in Familia’s delivery. He has to smooth out the motion, using less effort with repeated, clean finishes in his arm action to find rhythm,” Pleskoff said. “For smaller pitchers with less arm strength and not as much intensity, it might be a tall order. The task is less daunting because Familia has shown he can be reliable and overpowering. He just needs to be more consistent.”

The 24-year-old, has a 5.09 ERA in only 17 career games the big leagues, allowing 18 walks with 18 strikeouts in 23 innings. He missed most of the 2013 season after undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

Familia’s raw tools have always made him an intriguing arm in the organization’s crop of young pitching – it has just been a matter of finding consistency in his delivery and command. Familia is clearly viewed strictly as a reliever at this point in his development, as he really only has two pitches, and he just can’t survive as a starting pitcher without an expanded repertoire. He might not even be able to be successful as a short reliever without at least one more pitch, either.

Familia is at a similar stage to Bobby Parnell was at this point in his career, when he had to transition from a thrower into a pitcher. It’s not a perfect science – Parnell still struggles with this at times, but he has come a long way from where he was when he only had 23 MLB innings under his belt. The Mets will likely endure similar growing pains with Familia this year, and I’m ok with that considering his potential.

If Familia he can get through this and grow as the Mets need him to this season, the team will have found a fantastic value for the back-end of the bullpen not just for this season, but for many seasons going forward.


Read more: Familia shows potential to dominate with power arm (MLB.com)

37 comments
troyarcher
troyarcher

if my dad looked like Ron Davis, I would wear my Met jersey to clubs and place my love life as #1...

troyarcher
troyarcher

Ike Davis, has the potential to be a ....

eric88
eric88

Report: The Mets may end up as low as 27th in payroll in 2014, absent any further spending.

eric88
eric88

He has major control problems. Why do you think with an arm like that no one has him high on any list.

ponzies86
ponzies86

He's Family and can't wait to see him on board! 

eric88
eric88

Now that we didn't spend and lowered the payroll after years of promise of 2014 and not making 1Trade, same SS, 1b, here comes the propaganda about this team in an effort to drive ticket sales. No chance, not in 14'. 

drmetfan
drmetfan

I saw a few games on TV where Familia pitched in the DWL and his stuff was very good. Fastball in the upper 90's missing up that slider which just drops out of the strike zone. The commentators were really impressed with his development. Let's see what that translate too in ST and in the bigs.

Michael Fichera
Michael Fichera

If he can control his best pitches, two-seam and four-seam fastballs and a slider, he will make a tremendous impact at the end of a ballgame.”


Not a big if or anything, in-fact he has NEVER shown he can control his pitches for an extended period of time as a reliever.

jlga
jlga

Until this team gets some offense it does not matter what the bullpen is like.

They will lose a lot of 2-1 and 3-2 games and end up with 75 wins. And we will all be back here next year wondering when they will actually try to get better.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

We've watched this guy on and off for the past two seasons. He may have a live arm but he has not been all that impressive. Let's see him stay healthy and develop an iota of control. I'd also be more inclined to watch him pitch than any of those journeymen mediocrities that have been mentioned thus far.

mets1973
mets1973

I saw this young man pitch early last year. He has a live arm and unlike Parnell, he can strike people out. Parnell, despite the fact he throws hard, is a pitch to contact pitcher. I don't think pitch to contact pitchers make good closers, set up men, yes, closers, no.

Joe Wenzel
Joe Wenzel

Ugh - Familia reminds me of the pitching version of Fernando Martinez - over hyped.  I just don't understand the obsession that Metsblog has with him when the Mets organization has so many better pitchers than him on the ML Roster and in the minors to write about.  

Stop regurgitating other people's articles and putting your spin on them.  We've already read those articles and I am tired of reading your day late and a dollar short articles. Come up with some original thought.  You bloggers may think you're on a level playing field with newspaper writers but at least they are required to come up with their own stories and not plagiarize others.

nagel100
nagel100

love the negativity of the posters.  he has the arm but he has to develop.  you can't teach size and he has the arm strength to be successful.  it up to him.


Rodney seems like a target and if they get him the bullpen would be a strength not a weakness.  Rodney, Parnell, Black and Familla are power pitchers who could own the back of a game.


Rice and Edgin give you a couple of lefties for situational relief.

yankeehater
yankeehater

@eric88 Upon looking into it further, I still don't thing they'll be that low but they will be very close to where you said.

yankeehater
yankeehater

@eric88 As bad as the mets are, I cant possibly see how only 3 teams will spend less...that report doesn't seem right to me.

nolrog
nolrog

@Michael Fichera If he can control his best pitches then he's destined for a solid rotation spot.  You don't need 4 pitches as a closer.

rf04
rf04

@Michael Fichera True, but the point is (and the upside) is that he HAS those pitches whereas most guys don't.

rf04
rf04

@jlga You think the Mets are bad. Noted.

zoddie
zoddie

@mets1973 Where do you guys get this stuff from?  Parnell has around a strikeouts per nine innings rate of around 8.  Of guys who pitched at least 40 innings for the Mets last year, Parnell was second to Matt Harvey in K/9.


Mariano had a rate of 7.59 last year, by the way.

Joe Wenzel
Joe Wenzel

Fine, Fine, Fine - it seems a bunch of people got sand in their vaginas - if Familia makes the team out of Spring Training I will eat crow.

rf04
rf04

@Joe Wenzel Original thoughts aren't really the job here. They're disseminating reports done by people with real info and access. It's fair that you don't care to hear their opinions on this blog, but then you're in absolutely the worst possible place to avoid them. This is not the blog you are looking for.

zoddie
zoddie

@Joe Wenzel MLB.com had him rated as the 90th best prospect in baseball in 2012, so it isn't a metsblog.com obsession.  He throws really hard, has control problems, just turned 24 a couple of months ago, and JUST got converted to a reliever.  What's so hard to understand for you?

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

I could care less what Familia reminds you of.  You're just some dude who comes on this site to whine and insult people every day.  I do, however, care what a former pro scout has to say.

And just because you have the time in your life to scour the internet for these articles doesn't mean the rest of us do.  That's why we come here.  But seeing as how you have so much time to read every piece of Mets related content before everyone else, go start your own friggin blog.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

@nagel100You don't think it's funny that the headline is that Familia can be "dominant," but then it says, "If he can command his 2-seam fastball, 4-seam fastball, and slider" and that he has to work on his mechanics and has "mechanical inconsistency"


...I fear he will try and overthink, aim, and with the mechanical issues - will end up with TJ surgery.  Hopefully he will be a bright spot, but I don't see any indicators of it yet...His big league numbers are terrible, though the sample size is small, and he asks us to look past his fall league stats...?

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@rf04 @Michael Fichera Exactly.  The 2013 version of Mejia was unlike any version we'd seen before, and it had a lot to do with him finally locating.  The same can be said for Harvey - the big knock on him before last season was his location, and he took the next step.

So yeah, it seems like a big IF, but at least he's got the raw talent.

jlga
jlga

What have they done? They signed a 40 year old for 2 years, a .200 hitter for 1 year and signed a .230 hitter for 4. The rest of the team is the same. A group of below average hitters who cannot score.

Joe Wenzel
Joe Wenzel

I never said I don't want to hear their opinions on this blog - that's just it I want to hear THEIR opinions not others.  They're disseminating reports because they are taking the lazy way out.

Joe Wenzel
Joe Wenzel

@Robby Johnson I have never insulted one person on this site  (can't say I can say the same for you) - I am just tired of the same article (being posted 3 times now in a span of a month) stating that Familia WILL be part of the bullpen when even the General Manager doesn't know who will comprise the bullpen out of ST yet.  It just shows laziness on their part.  For a blog that was chosen over others to serve as the Official Blog of the New York Mets/SNY - their standards should be higher.


And reading the Post and Daily News hardly counts as scouring the internet for articles.  But it's nice to know you spend so much time following my posts on Metsblog.


And news flash Robby - you're an adult now drop the Robby.


Joe Wenzel
Joe Wenzel

@Robby Johnson I whine because my opinions don't agree with yours - that's rich.  But I see you have no problem doing what you so vehemently detest - nice job d ouchebag.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

That 40 year old finished as one of the top 5 best pitchers in the AL last season.  The .230 hitter hit 84 bombs in his last 2 healthy seasons - 37 of which came on the road, so spare me the Yankee stadium speech.