It seems most of the reporting on the Mets young studs, and I’m specifically talking about Fernando Martinez and Jenrry Mejia, is geared towards it being better for them and the team to start in the minors.First it was, ‘the Mets farm system sucks, and it’s depleted’. Now it’s, ‘Mets better start them in the minors to not tarnish their growth’, or ‘they need more time in the minors to develop up’. I understand the thought behind being overly careful with them. I understand the minors helps mold and get them major league ready.
But that does not always hold true. There are guys that spend their whole careers in the minors and never get major league ready. Then there are guys that get brought up to the majors on the fast track with success and there’s only one way to determine if they belong. That’s by giving them an opportunity.
First off, let’s look back on other young guys that the Mets brought up and succeeded big time, Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry. Now no one is saying these guys are Doc and Darryl, let’s get that out of the way. Doc was 19 and Darryl was 21 years old. I’m sure they too probably should have spent more time in the minors to polish up at the time they were brought up, but look at what happened.
There’s no set amount of time that determines when someone is major league ready. Some take longer than others. Some don’t need much time down there at all. Frankly, I also believe that too much time down there can also hamper their growth, so it works both ways.
Now, I don’t have a problem with them going back to the minors to get more work. But if these guys are performing tremendously, which they are, and there is room for them on the team, which there is, why the fuck would the Mets not bring them up to get more experience here at the major league level. That is the best way to gain experience and know what you are up against, not the minors. Yes, you work on things in the minors, but you can also grow and gain more valuable experience in the majors.
With Fernando Martinez, people are saying that he needs to play everyday, so off to the minors he should go. What these people are forgetting is that since Beltran will be out for some time, if Martinez makes the squad, he will play everyday until Beltran is back. Once Beltran is back, Martinez goes back to the minors and continues to play everyday. If the Mets bring him up and he shits the bed, they can always send him down so he will still play daily, and then have Pagan man center until Beltran is back. What’s there to lose?Unless he drops dead in the next week or so, Martinez has outright stolen the job from Pagan. And how did Pagan actually win the job in the first place? Can someone tell me that? In my eyes, Pagan actually needs to win the job considering his mental blunders last year on defense, on offense, on the bases, etc.
Who’s to say Martinez will not continue his torrid pace? The guys is fucking killing it, batting over .550 with most runs scored on the team, most hits, most triples, most home runs, most RBI’s, most total bases, and 1,111 slugging. Is this not enough to win a temporary job? I think so.
Yes, it’s only Spring and it’s not the regular season so you can’t assume he is going to continue killing the ball, but there’s only one way to find out, get him out there. With Beltran being out is actually the perfect opportunity to get him more major league experience.
Martinez looked timid and scrawny last year, this year he looks like a major-leaguer. He has developed, his time is near.
Now on to Mejia. This guy has flat out impressed. Words like Marino Rivera-like are being used to describe his stuff. Has anyone seen this kid pitch? He looks more ready than guys currently on the team. For instance, Mejia is a bull and looks intimidating up there. Take John Maine for instance, this guys still looks scared up there, and he’s been in the majors for years. If you ask me, Maine, Pelfrey, and Perez can also use time in the minors.
Yes he’s a little raw, and more so than Martinez. But he has looked ready, intimidating, and unless he drops dead too in these final weeks of spring, has basically pitched himself onto the team.
If the Mets did not have open positions available I’d say send them back to the minors. This is not the case. There are positions open and there’s no reason to send them back to the minors with how they are performing whether it’s just spring training or not.
Someone had the balls to bring up Doc and Darryl at 19 and 21 respectively. Mejia is 20 and Martinez is 21, what’s the fucking problem? Other teams bring up young talent all the time, some are ready, some not so much, but they get brought up.
Let’s stop kidding ourselves, we may have a ace in the hole here, or two. Let’s not waste them away in the minors. I hope the Mets wise up here and do the right thing.