Jenrry Mejia’s first start was not a smooth one, as the righthander allowed five runs in one inning against Miami on Tuesday, including a Casey Kotchman grand slam.
In that inning, Mejia also committed a throwing error, threw 15 of his 30 pitches for strikes and began six of eight at-bats with a ball. The misadventure began when leadoff man Juan Pierre bunted back to Mejia, who launched the ball over first baseman Zach Lutz’s head. Pierre went to third, and the messy inning was underway.
Mejia did not even throw all of his pitches, using his fastball, curveball and slider, but saving the changeup for another day.
“These young guys, they’ve got to get ready,” Terry Collins said. “When you’re trying to make a club, you’ve got to get ready to pitch. It’s a little different when you’re a 10-year veteran trying to get ready. It’s another thing when you’re trying to impress the manager.”
Mejia’s arrival in camp was delayed while he was investigated and cleared in the Dominican Republic in a random age and identity check.
“That’s my first time,” Mejia said of the Grapefruit League debut. “The only thing I have to work on is (throwing) strikes.”
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NY Mets' Jenrry Mejia struggles in first spring training start giving up grand slam, five total runs
New York Daily News | Feb 27