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Jeurys Familia

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4", Weight 230 lb.

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Jeurys Familia made his major league debut in 2012.

Familia signed with the New York Mets; the scouts were Marcelino Vallejo and international scouting director Ismael Cruz and debuted as a pro with the 2008 GCL Mets, going 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA. He was 8th in the Gulf Coast League in ERA. Moving up to the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2009, Jeurys improved to 10-6, 2.69 with a .221 opponent average. He had the lowest opponent average of a Mets farmhand and tied Chris Schwinden for the most victories. Familia was third in the South Atlantic League in ERA behind Juan Nicasio and Ari Ronick. he was named the Mets Organizational Pitcher of the Year.

The Santo Domingo native opened 2010 with the St. Lucie Mets, where he plummeted to 0-4, 6.16 after 11 starts with 32 walks in 49 2/3 innings. That made him a surprising pick for the 2010 Futures Game. A couple weeks before the Game, he plunked Tony Sanchez, a fellow selection, with a pitch that ended Sanchez's season, breaking his jaw. Familia relieved Eduardo Sánchez in the 8th inning of the Futures Game, with the World team already down 7-1 and two outs. He promptly allowed three straight doubles - to Mike Trout, Eric Hosmer and Andrew Romine - to make it 9-1. He finally got an out, retiring Ben Revere on a grounder.

Familia made his major league debut with the Mets late in the 2012 season, pitching 8 times with no decisions and a 5.84 ERA. In 2013, he pitched 9 times with a 4.22 ERA and his first career save. He then spent all of 2014 with the Mets, as the set-up man for the Mets, pitching 76 times - third most in the National League - with a record of 2-5, an excellent 2.21 ERA and 5 saves. He struck out 73 men in 77 1/3 innings. He was slated to return in the same role in 2015, but an early injury to closer Jenrry Mejia, following by a lengthy suspension, propelled him into the closer role. He took to the duty as a fish to water, saving five games in six days in early April.

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