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Jenrry Manuel Mejia

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6', Weight 160 lb.

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Jenrry Mejia made his MLB debut at age 20 in 2010.

Mejia was signed by the New York Mets in April 2007. He went 2-3 with a save and a 2.47 ERA for the 2007 DSL Mets with 47 strikeouts in 43 2/3 IP and only 24 hits allowed but walked 27. In 2008, he was 2-0 with one run in 15 IP for the GCL Mets and 3-2 with a 3.49 ERA for the Brooklyn Cyclones as the second-youngest performer in the New York-Penn League. He was 4th in the NYPL with a .209 opponent average and led the Gulf Coast League with one shutout.

In 2009, Mejia was with the St. Lucie Mets (4-1, 1.97) and Binghamton Mets (0-5, 4.47, 47 K in 44 1/3 innings). When he debuted with Binghamton, he was the youngest pitcher active in AA. He missed over a month late in the year with a strain on one of his right fingers. He had been named to the World team for the 2009 Futures Game but the injury caused him to be removed from the roster in favor of Francisco Samuel. He was then 1-3 with a 12.56 ERA in the Arizona Fall League.

Despite having never won a game above the A level, Mejia made the 2010 Mets bullpen out of spring training, one of 3 MLB rookies in the bullpen. The other two, though, were older pitchers, veterans of Nippon Pro Baseball - Ryota Igarashi and Hisanori Takahashi. In his MLB debut, he relieved John Maine with a 4-1 deficit in the 6th inning to face the 7th, 8th and 9th hitters. He allowed a single to Cody Ross and a double to Gaby Sanchez. He fanned opposing hurler Ricky Nolasco but Chris Coghlan singled in Ross. Cameron Maybin hit into a force at home and Hanley Ramirez grounded out. In the 8th, he was relieved by Sean Green. Altogether, he was 0-4 with a 4.62 ERA in 33 games for the Mets, including 3 starts, covering 39 innings. He also spent time with 4 minor league teams, ranging from the GCL Mets to the AAA Buffalo Bisons. He was outstanding in AA and AAA, putting up a 1.32 ERA in 6 starts for the Binghamton Mets, and ginving up a single run in 8 innings in his one AAA start for Buffalo.

Mejia was sent to Buffalo to open the 2011 season, and in the early going was 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 5 starts, giving up only 16 hits in 28.1 innings. Just when it looked like he was headed back to New York in the near future, he was taken out of a game in the 4th inning complaining of pain and was soon after diagnosed with a complete tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow. He met with Dr. James Andrews and opted to undergo Tommy John surgery. He made his return to the Mets on September 7, 2012, after going 4-4, 3.59 at three different minor league levels during the season. On September 24th, he earned his first career major league victory, 6-2 over the Pittsburgh Pirates, benefitting from a pair of homers by 1B Ike Davis.

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