I always was a big fan of Jeurys Familia and I was wondering how he was doing health wise and if he still will play a significant role with the Mets either as a starter or reliever? Thanks.
Jeurys Familia is doing fine (5.0 IP, 7 K, 7.20 ERA), and is pitching in the Arizona Fall League alongside some of our other prospects. He isn’t doing rather well at the moment, pitching to a rather harsh tune in a small handful of appearances, but he is getting his bearings back after having surgery and that’s why he’s really in the AFL.
As for his role, it will be as a reliever, he just doesn’t have the control to be a starter. The only question will be how effective Familia will be at the Major League Level.
The 23-year old’s fastball-slider combination in terms of stuff is off the charts, especially with his fastball reaching triple digits. But his control is hindering him completely.
That said, no team will give up on a young reliever with as much potential as Familia at this early stage of his career.
Thoughts From Satish R.
Teddy’s right — Familia will be a reliever, but he’ll probably be a damn good one. I know that his fastball doesn’t have much movement on it, but it’s a little like the Parnell situation. You can either develop effective secondary offerings or drop the velocity a little to control your fastball a little better. I honestly looked at Familia at a potential closer down the line — and adding him to a bullpen that includes Vic Black already and soon to have Jeff Walters and Jack Leathersich…well, we’re looking good in the back end of games.