News: Holt and Mejia promoted to Double-A

Mets RHP Brad Holt and RHP Jenrry Mejia have been promoted from Single-A St. Lucie to Double-A Binghamton.

In eight starts in Single-A this season, the 22–year-old Holt was 4–1 with a 3.05 ERA in 41 innings, during which he struck out 50 batters and walked just 10.

In spring training, I talked with Ike Davis and others, in a video you can watch here, during which Holt told me:

“I throw a lot of fastballs.  I’m able to locate fastballs in and out.  And now the breaking ball is coming along pretty well, I’m getting to where I can locate it.  Since I’ve been here we’ve been working on the change-up a lot, and it’s getting a lot more consistent too and I’m able to locate it down in the zone.  But, mainly I just work off the fastball and everything else is coming along.”

Holt was ranked the team’s fourth-best prospect by Baseball America, as well as John Sickels of MinorLeagueBlog.com, and Baseball Prospectus.

Last year, John Manuel of Baseball America said of Holt, “He sounds like he might be Mike Pelfrey with a bit less downhill or sink, a better breaking ball and considerably less hype.”

Meanwhile, Mejia, 19, was 4–1 in nine starts with a 1.97 ERA in 50 innings, during which opponents hit .217 against him, while striking out 44 times.

Speaking of St. Lucie, Mets 22–year-old SS Reese Havens has been put on the minor-league disabled list.

For other minor league news, check out Mets Minor League Blog, as well as Adam Rubin’s extensive post to his blog for the Daily News.