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No, the Mets aren’t calling up their young pitching prospects

May 4, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Mike Pelfrey is out for the season following Tommy John surgery and the Mets’ various options to replace him in the rotation aren’t very appealing, but general manager Sandy Alderson made it very clear that the team isn’t going to call up any of its top pitching prospects for a short-term fix.

Zack Wheeler, who was acquired from the Giants in the Carlos Beltran trade, is 21 years old at Double-A and currently sidelined by a finger injury.

Matt Harvey, who was the Mets’ first-round pick in 2010, is 23 years old at Triple-A and currently sporting a 4.80 ERA through six starts.

And his Triple-A rotation-mate, 22-year-old Jeurys Familia, has a 5.06 ERA with 25 walks in 27 innings.

In other words, even if Alderson had a different stance on the rotation situation and wanted to call one of them up they aren’t ready to thrive in the majors right now anyway. And realistic Mets fans should be happy that Alderson is taking the long-term view after the previous regime so often needlessly rushed prospects with predictably poor results.

  1. gordongetgo - May 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    “I sit and wonder why-yi-yi-yi, why, you won’t call them up, oh Sandy”

    • cltjump - May 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      If that’s a Del Shannon reference, you win.

      • gordongetgo - May 4, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        You are close-ish. Danny Zuko from “Grease”

  2. The Dangerous Mabry - May 4, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Alderson seems to be an awfully level-headed man, who has no problem with making short-term unpopular decisions (Not going crazy and signing Jose Reyes, for example) if he thinks they’ll be the right thing for the club in the long-term. Whether or not his decisions will pan out long term obviously remains to be seen, but it’s nice to see that he’s not one to panic and do something like call up a player early. If it’s wasn’t the right decision before the injury to Pelfrey, it’s not the right decision after the injury.

    • gordongetgo - May 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Totally agree. Sandy is the right man for this job…

  3. exibitsman - May 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Sandy is not going to rush these young pitchers anyway the Mets starting rotation has. been very effective this there’s no reason to push these young pitchers to early

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