Cutnpaste: – Carlos Beltran, Joe Frazier, Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia, Ryota Igarashi

Carlos Beltran:

Carlos Ivan Beltran was born in Manati Puerto Rico on April 24, 1977. At the age of eighteen, Carlos was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the second round of the 1995 amateur baseball draft. He was considered a five tool player by the scouts who watched him play baseball in high school. Upon signing with the Royals, he was assigned to their rookie-level team in the Gulf Coast League. Carlos would quickly ascend to the Major Leagues, making his debut as a September call in 1998. He appeared in fifteen games for the Royals that season.

Joe Frazier:
Joe Frazier, the manager of the Mets in the turbulent period between the tenures of Yogi Berra and Joe Torre, died Tuesday in Broken Arrow, Okla. He was 88 and a longtime Broken Arrow resident. His death was confirmed by the Christian-Gavlik Funeral Home in Broken Arrow. Frazier, who spent almost a half-century in organized baseball, primarily as a right fielder, was chosen to manage the Mets for the 1976 season after successfully leading the Tidewater Tides, the team’s Class AAA affiliate. The Mets were in decline after World Series appearances in 1969 and 1973. Berra, their popular manager, had been dismissed during the 1975 season.

Jeurys Familia:
Starting off our list at number 10 is right-handed pitcher Jeurys Familia. Familia is a 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic, who has pitched in the Mets minor league system for the last three seasons. With his 6’3’’ frame, his velocity sit in the low 90’s, and has the potential to increase even more as his body fills out. Familia held a sub-3 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in his first two years, which are really impressive numbers for a young pitcher. Upon making the move to high-A ball in 2010, he struggled greatly with his control for much of the season, putting up an inordinate amount of walks, which caused his ERA to skyrocket from what it was in the previous two seasons. However, Familia was able to return to form in August where he won three of his final four decisions, finishing with a 6-9 record. But more importantly, Familia appeared to resolve his control issues while also striking out batters at a high rate, accumulating 137 strikeouts in 121 innings over the course of the season. Believing that the guy who pitched in August and early September is the real Familia is what places him tenth on our list.

Jenrry Mejia:
Arguably motivated by preserving their jobs rather than prioritizing Mejia’s development, the Mets put Mejia in the major league bullpen to open last season. Mejia found himself demoted to the minors on June 20 to begin converting to starting, although that was interrupted by a shoulder issue. Mejia made three late-season starts with the Mets before being shut down with two weeks remaining because of a rhomboid strain of the right shoulder blade.

Ryota Igarashi:
“At first it was a little shock. It was a little startling,” Igarashi said Thursday at Mets camp through interpreter Mike Peters. “But now I’m thinking very positive about moving forward step by step.” Igarashi, 31, had a 7.12 ERA in 34 relief appearances for the Mets last season, and actually found himself at Triple-A Buffalo for a large portion of the season. He cleared waivers and is back on camp with the Mets as a non-roster invitee because no other team wanted to assume the $1.75 million salary he’s due in 2011.  


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