Mejia proved he was healthy, but needs to develop command

In yesterday’s 6-2 loss to the Braves, Jenrry Mejia allowed four runs and six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings.

Mejia finished his season going 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA in five appearances and three starts in the big leagues.

“He was impressive enough to know he possibly could be a starter,” Terry Collins said after the loss. “I think we have to wait until next spring to see where we are, what we need, what kind of depth we have in the rotation. But I can certainly see Jenrry Mejia starting someplace.”

Mejia logged 108 2/3 innings between the Minor and Major Leagues in his first season back from Tommy John Surgery.

“It’s all back,” Mejia explained about his recovery. “Today was a lot better because I had my two-seamer. In 2010 I didn’t have my two-seamer. I started working on the two-seamer last year. But today I threw my two-seamer better.”

Michael Baron, Contributor

Mejia’s stuff was definitely better yesterday than it has been since he was recalled from Buffalo. He had a good circle change going – in fact, that was his best pitch yesterday. He threw both his curveball and slider/cutter for strikes as well, which were certainly encouraging signs. His problem though was he didn’t throw very many quality strikes and fell behind most hitters he faced. The Braves hitters did a good job of working deep counts by fouling off a lot of pitches and getting long looks at him in most sequences. It equated to 91 pitches thrown and only nine swings and misses to record 15 outs.

The takeaway from Mejia’s stint in the big leagues is that the stuff is there, but it’s all very raw. He’s healthy and still throws hard, and it’s clear he’s working to find a balance between his fastball and his off-speed pitches. As I said, his change-up was his most impressive pitch yesterday and that can be a very effective weapon going forward, should he develop consistent command with his fastball.