Facing the Future

32Well, it was fun if at times a little worrisome having Jennry Mejia around. I liked the way he stood on the mound and squared up to the batters, his posture was as distinct as that of teammate Johan Santana. I also liked his stuff even though it got hit hard and thrown out of the strike zone more often than you’d prefer to see.

I was not among those smartyfarty fans denouncing his very presence on the team as some kind of crime against his development. He may have struggled for that 3.25 ERA but he did it, against big league competition, on the way to being a starter, at age 20, and if that doesn’t provide you with some confidence he’ll be back and he good when gets here, I’m not sure what will. We’ll keep 32 around for ya.

Mejia’s replacement from AAA, and last season, will be Bobby Parnell, back in No. 39.Parnell was last year’s version of Fernando Nieve — successful early, then worked within an inch of his life before making an abrupt few starts once the Mets ran out of ideas. I liked his stuff his stuff too, and I think he’ll help the bullpen.

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