With Bryce Harper finally signing his mega-MEGA deal with the Phillies, we’re firmly entrenched in the dog days of Spring. With over a month of meaningless games left, it’s a time to overreact to everything.
We’ve already established that Michael Chavis is the best hitting prospect that has ever played, and should already be pegged as the opening day third baseman. Well, since I said that, Chavis decided he wasn’t done hitting home runs and popped another out. We’ll continue to check in on Mr. Chavis throughout the rest of spring training, but for now, we’re looking for more breakout candidates.
Insert Jenrry Mejia.
When Mejia was signed to a minor league contract by the Red Sox, it was seen as a foolish decision, and a lot of people made fun of. Mejia hasn’t pitched in a professional setting since 2015, and this time he would be pitching without steroids coursing through his veins. Everything was pointing towards him flopping in spectacular fashion.
Mejia made his spring training debut for the Sox in the 9th inning facing the best the Twins had to offer. Yes, it was 13-5 in a spring training game, but those batters were the elite of the elite and you know it. Mejia remained cool as a cucumber and proceeded to strike out the side and ever had a little bit of that razzle-dazzle that made him a Mets fan-favorite back in 2014.
Jenrry Mejia, K Strut (featuring his patented Back P.E.D.-dle move).
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— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) February 28, 2019
Now, you might be thinking, “Owen, it’s one spring training game and it was a blowout. You can’t possibly say that Mejia is back.” Well, you theoretical, pessimistic reader, That’s exactly what I’m going to say.
Jenrry Mejia is easily the most qualified closer that the Red Sox have on their 40 man roster at this moment (Not if you include Durbin Feltman’s college career but I don’t so fight me). When you combine Mejia’s track record with the pitching masterclass he displayed yesterday, it’s obvious Mejia should be the teams closer.
I have the utmost confidence that Mejia will continue on this historic pace of a 0.00 ERA and averaging 27 strikeouts per 9 innings.
Would Matt Barnes or Ryan Brasier put up those numbers? I don’t think so.
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