Mets prospect Jenrry Mejia is a starter again.
After sitting out a year following Tommy John elbow surgery Mejia returned as a starter, made seven starts before shifting to the bullpen, and is now moving back into the Triple-A rotation, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Assistant general manager Paul DePodesta admitted to Rubin last week that the Mets’ decision-makers “have wrestled with” Mejia’s role and “don’t want to keep having him go back and forth.”
Prior to the injury Mejia ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects in both 2010 and 2011, but his 33/18 K/BB ratio in 56 innings this season suggests the 22-year-old will need some more time in the minors next season before being a big-league option again.
We’ve talked a lot about Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame candidacy over the years.
Bill has argued that, if voters are going to use the character clause to keep certain players out, they should keep Curt Schilling out. I’ve differed on that, not because I think Schilling is a good person — he’s loathsome, actually — but because I find the character clause to be illegitimate and would never, if I had a vote, use it to impact my vote. So, yes, I’d put Schilling on my ballot if I had one.
I’m not alone in this, of course. At the moment Schilling has support on about 72% of ballots which have been made public. My guess is that he’ll fall a tad short when results are announced tomorrow — non-public ballots tend to include fewer players on them — but we’ll see.
I am not the only non-BBWAA member who would vote for Schilling. He’s got some top level support too. From the President of the United States:
Ballots had to be submitted by December 31, so it’s not like this is gonna have any impact on the vote totals. If it came earlier, though, one wonders if it would. And one wonders if that’d help Schilling or hurt him.