Before there was Matt Harvey, before Zack Wheeler, there was Jenrry Mejia. Remember him? He was the New York Mets’ top pitching prospect back in 2010; he was an integral part of the Mets’ future. There was a lot of hype surrounding the 20-year-old ace from the Dominican Republic.
But then he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011, and the rest is history. Unfortunately, the story is nothing new in the major leagues. Mejia’s career was derailed before it ever really began because of the torn ligament in his right elbow.
Mejia has had a disappointing few years in the league (Mejia has a 7.03 ERA in his six major league starts) after his injury, pitching every once in a while, but mostly in the minors while still rehabbing from elbow inflammation. Well, on Friday, Mejia is back.
The pitcher returns to the Mets for a start in the first game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals—mostly because he’s had recent success in the minors, posting a 0.82 ERA over 11 innings, but also because he’s already part of the Mets’ 40-man roster. With Harvey and Wheeler on the roster, the 23-year-old pitcher is overshadowed and is now the forgotten man, but Mejia will look to remind the Mets that he was once considered the future for a reason, and prove to them he can still play a key role for them.
Mejia says he feels 100 percent healthy for the first time in years, we’ll see if that’s true on Friday. Can the former top-pitching prospect resuscitate his young career?