Just in time for the New Year, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of topics related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with number seven and work all the way to number one. This week will mark our final Seven in Seven series of the winter, and we will take a look at the seven best prospects in the Mets farm system. We will continue our countdown with the sixth best prospect in the Met farm system, which is relief pitcher (for now) Jeurys Familia.
6. P Jeurys Familia
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent January 20, 2011.
History: At 6'-4", 230 lbs, Jeurys Familia is a solid individual. Anyone in the organization that has seen the right hander throw will tell you that he has great stuff when it comes to his pitches. Familia is able to pitch in the mid-to-upper 90's, has a good slider and average change ups, and a decent sinker. However, unlike his physique his consistency and command over his pitches is anything but solid.
Since signing with the Mets as an undrafted free agent on July 13, 2007, Familia has been in the Mets farm system ever since, making his was from the Golf Coast Mets in 2008 all the way to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in 2011. After that he would get a crack at the big leagues in 2012, when he would make an appearance out of the bullpen on September 4th. Familia pitched a scoreless eight inning and struck out Lance Berkman for his first batter ever faced.
Pros: Fastball in the mid-to-upper 90's, great arsenal of breaking pitches to choose from, solid physical frame
Cons: Needs build better command of all pitches.
Major League ETA: 2012 (already made appearance)
While already making his debut in 2012, Familia is still considered a rookie, being that his call up was in September. Familiar will be making an appearance at spring training for the team and has already been tapped to begin it as a reliever, partially due to the influx of starting pitchers heading into baseball's preseason. It should be noted that Familia has been a starting pitcher throughout his minor league career. My prediction is that either should he improve his command or someone (hopefully not) goes down with an injury, or even needs rest, we will see Familia as a starter down the road.
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