People who I totally forgot about since last season: Mets’ pitcher Jenrry Mejia. Who, once upon a time, was mentioned in every Mets trade rumor around, but who then had his season derailed with Tommy John surgery last May.
Well, he’s on the mend and, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, is scheduled to return to the mound today for the first time since his surgery. Of course, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so he’ll only throw 15 pitches from the front of the mound.
Before his surgery last season Mejia posted a 2.86 ERA and 21/14 K/BB ratio over his first four starts with Triple-A Buffalo, and in five minor league seasons has struck out 271 batters in 280 innings. He’s still only 22 years-old, so there’s every reason to believe that he remains a big part of the Mets’ future.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.