published by Keith Gendron March 18, 2014.
At 24, Jeurys Familia may finally be coming into his own. He was clocked at 100 mph last weekend during a game, supposedly tearing Taylor Teagarden’s webbing in his glove. More importantly, for Familia to be successful whether as a relief pitcher or starter is to throw strike one. He has had two brief stints with the Mets in 2012 and 2013 for a combined 23 innings, striking out and walking 18, along with giving up 22 hits and a 5.09 era. His minor league career, consists of six seasons and a 3.9 bb/9 innings. This including 8.3 hits/9 innings is not a good formula for success as a pitcher in the major leagues. It appears in a very limited sample this spring that he has done better at getting ahead of batters and putting himself in a position to succeed. This spring he has earned a spot in the Mets bullpen. After today’s appearance against the Detroit Tigers, he has pitched 7 innings this spring in six appearances. He has walked 2 and given up 2 hits and as a result, has yet to give up a run while striking out 6. Striking out batters has never been the problem for Familia, once he was ahead on a batter. If this can carry over into the regular season, the Mets will be that much better and have an in-house option to setting up Parnell for this season and beyond.