Jeurys Familia has the stuff to be a closer

Michael Baron, Contributor

Mets RHP Jeurys Familia is at a similar stage in his career to where Bobby Parnell was when he was finding his way with the Mets in 2009. Back then, Parnell had no choice but to transition from a thrower into a pitcher.

Parnell still struggles with it at times, but he’s come a long way from where he was when he only had 23 big-league innings under his belt, which is what Familia enters the season with in 2014.

Jeurys Familia 1 (Baron)“I think (Familia) has got as good of stuff as anybody out of the bullpen in the National League,” Dan Warthen recently said  (NY Post, Feb. 20). “That’s how good he is. Power, resilience, breaking ball, change-up, sinker. All of it. It’s just a matter of if he’s going to throw the ball across the plate. If he does that, he is going to be good.”

Last year, Familia had a 4.22 ERA in nine appearances before undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

It’s always been about command and consistency for Familia, both with his pitch execution and his delivery. Thankfully, he has the raw tools to be an effective closer, which is not an unreasonable expectation given his stuff. He has an electric fastball, a hard slider, and he incorporates a change-up every so-often, although that has always been a work in progress for him.

The Mets will likely endure similar growing pains with Familia this year, as they had to do with Parnell, but I’m OK with that given his potential to contribute in the back-end of the bullpen.




23 comments
Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

this article is silly.  He has not even shown the stuff to be a major league player and should not even sniff the roster compared to other relief options.  Parnell, Black, German, Torres, Edgin and Rice should all be ahead of him.  Not to mention the 2 that fail to win the starting 5th job and one of Farnsworth or Valverde.  Sorry, Familia should not even be here.

amazagain
amazagain

Yes, lots of arms, but a record number of surgeries too. Hefner, mejia, familia, harvey, parnell, santana ... The list goes on. If we cant keep em healthy it wont matter

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

for whatever reason I'm not worried ab the bullpen, familia, parnell, black, torres, rice, edgin, farmsworth, valverde, germen and  know theres more options.  Theres gotta be a solid bullpen there somewhere.  Im down to give young guys the chance but this lineup scares me.  I wish we added another bat i really do.  I like the pitching all around but this lineup is could be awful.  

eric88
eric88

"Endure some growing pains" how about we endure some winning for a change.

eric88
eric88

The stuff to close but not the head.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

OK....he can be a "closer"...let's see him give us 80 innings of a sub 3 era for starters before we get crazy here.

eric88
eric88

@Mike Dell Italia   Th lineup is awful.. A .250 hitter on this team would have the 3rd highest  average!

Mike
Mike

@eric88  What do you think keeping all their 1st round picks have been about? Have you been paying attention to guys like Dominic Smith, Amed Rosario, their top 10 farm system, etc?

Jimmy
Jimmy

If the Morales part is true, I guess the O's aren't taking Davis off our hands. I sure hope the Pirates are still interested.

Mike
Mike

@Victor Triguero  The Mets don't need pitching and Morales is not an upgrade over Ike or Duda. If you used advanced stats for your argument you would understand that. That said they should sign Drew  (but only if he willing to budge from his demands) or trade for Franklin, Miller or Alcantara.


As for Familia, we know he has great stuff. It's not about his raw stuff, it's about his command and control. Both areas he needs to greatly improve on.

Mike
Mike

@eric88 Teams don't use BA to evaluate players. They use wOBA.

niesesnose
niesesnose

Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, Montero, Niese, Gee, Mejia, Colon in 2015. Wow, this team sure is never gonna contend soon. And Sandy Alderson. Ugh. Taking the 26th rated farm system in 2010 and turning it into the 6th rated farm system and putting this team in a position to win for a long time even with cancers of owners. Truth!

mets2891
mets2891

@Jonathan Mele What do you want Sandy to do?  If ownership won't give him the money how is he supposed to sign free agents? 

graves9
graves9

@bburke0920 @metsblog Never said he'll work out there's a 50-50 chance he'll figure it out. I'd have him in vegas to start the season.

Mike
Mike

@bburke0920 @graves9 @metsblog  Doesn't mean he can't refine them like Graves mentioned. Sometimes it's as simple as something in a pitcher's delivery or mechanics.

bburke0920
bburke0920

@graves9 @metsblog know how many 24 year olds have had great stuff? Baseball is full of them it's about the aspects you mentioned

niesesnose
niesesnose

Wrong, actually. Both of those would he useless signings. A platoon of Duda and Satin projects to be top 10 in wRC and would hit .250 with about 25 or so homers. That's not bad at all. In fact, that's above league average. And Cruz....really? Have you seen his splits? He's also terrible defensively. Like, a step above Duda defensively.

Mike
Mike

@Victor Triguero  Yeah except the positional adjustment for 1st base and DH is entirely different and factors in no defense playing a non fielding position. Your evaluation of Ike/Duda in comparison to Morales is wrong. Morales is a 1 WAR player, that's presumably what Duda or Ike are at 1st baseman.


Draft picks and slot allotments but I guess you understand neither about the bunch. That's why they aren't signing QO FA after QO FA, that and the lack of quality QO FA is evident. If Drew amends his demands, then the Mets have a way to get him. If he doesn't it won't matter because he won't sign anywhere at his commanding price. They are a better team than last year and don't have 45 million dollars in dead money not playing (Bay, Santana, Francisco).