Not much has gone right for Jenrry Meija since Jerry Manual convinced Omar Minaya he would be a useful bullpen piece for the Mets at the tender age of 20 in 2010. Meija showed flashes that year but did not ultimately succeed, and he ended up back in the minors starting games. Soon after came elbow problems that have haunted him since. These days when fans rattle off their future dream rotation the names you hear are Harvey, Wheeler, Montero, and Syndergaard. Jenrry Meija has become the forgotten man. Yet here is Meija standing upright again. Maybe he can jam his name back into the conversation.
The Mets announced on Tuesday that Meija would be coming up Friday to make one of the starts in that day’s doubleheader with the Nationals. It so happens that Matt Harvey is making the other start, just like he did on June 18th versus Atlanta. But this time SNY is not counting down to the day as an event, in fact, no one is hyping Friday at all. It’s just another day on the schedule. That’s all understandable, it feels like a lifetime since Meija made his first appearance with the Mets, and Jenrry has a “washed-up” feel about him already. Then you look Meija up and he is 23 years old, same as Wheeler, even after all that has transpired. Meija is not arbitration eligible until 2016, not able to become a free agent until 2019. He has a small enough body of baseball work since 2010 that we cannot get too excited. But interested? I sure am.
Meija also will be a reminder to all of us why the acronym TINSTAAPP was coined. Jenrry was once one of the top-rated prospects in all of baseball. It’s a cautionary tale for people who are discussing the Mets 2016 rotation like we are waiting for a cake to finish cooling. Chances are better than good that some of our top pitching prospects will not work out. In fact, it’s almost a guarantee. That’s why I never play that game, I do not discuss baseball rotations too far out. There are way too many variables.
Those variables are not always negative. Everyone raise your hand if you knew R.A. Dickey would be a Cy Young award winner. How about Dillon Gee, solid major league starter? Or Jeremy Hefner, as a back-end starter. Pitching can be difficult to predict in all directions. That’s why Friday is a little more than one more “Harvey Day,” as great as they are. Jenrry Meija is back in the majors for a day.
Let’s see if he can get us thinking about him again.