Buffalo Bisons: Jeurys Familia Bouncing Back From Early-Season Struggles

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Jeurys Familia may have had the best start of his professional career Wednesday night, holding Toledo to one run on three hits over eight innings pitched.

Familia over his last three starts has been stellar. He has allowed a total of two runs on eight hits in 20.2 innings. His strikeouts have also been rising. He struck out five on July 6, six on July 13, and nine on Wednesday. He may finally be figuring it out down in Triple-A.

Until recently, Familia had been etremely inconsistent this season, posting an ERA close to five. He was walking a ton of batters and despite great stuff, was striking out very few. His performance raised questions about his long-term future. In fact, one or two more bad start and he probably would have found himself back in Double-A Binghamton.

Many have been saying that Familia would be the perfect solution to the Mets bullpen and that he is the closer of the future. While that may eventually be the case, the Mets believe (and so do I) that the best thing for his development would be starting games. So while he may be pitching well in Triple-A, don’t expect Familia to be in a Mets uniform this season.

Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev W L ERA G IP WHIP H/9 BB/9 SO/9
2008 18 Mets GULF Rk 2 2 2.79 11 51.2 1.142 8.0 2.3 6.6
2009 19 Savannah SALL A 10 6 2.69 24 134.0 1.157 7.3 3.1 7.3
2010 20 St. Lucie FLOR A+ 6 9 5.58 24 121.0 1.579 8.7 5.5 10.2
2011 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-A+ 5 5 2.90 23 124.0 1.202 7.7 3.1 9.6
2011 21 St. Lucie FLOR A+ 1 1 1.49 6 36.1 0.798 5.2 2.0 8.9
2011 21 Binghamton EL AA 4 4 3.49 17 87.2 1.369 8.7 3.6 9.9
2012 22 Buffalo IL AAA 7 5 4.33 20 95.2 1.568 8.8 5.3 8.2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/20/2012.
About Connor O'Brien
I'm a 16 year-old blogger, high school student, and lifelong Mets fan. I've been blogging about the Mets in some form or another for about four years. I embrace the new age, sabermetric way of thinking, but also recognize the importance of scouting and player devlopment.

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