Yes Dillion Gee is a solid #4 or #5 guy and will always be that. I like Gee, but with the team as it is, how can you not go with Mejia.
He has ace potential. He has the WOW stuff.
In a year where the team is not going anywhere why not go with the guy who has the potential to be a #1-3?
Mejia cannot adjust to the pen, Gee could be a great long man out and spot starter.
bc theyd prefer to have mejia working in the minors, then come up when santana is likely hurt or ineffective, then trade marcum at the deadline and bring up wheeler
by aug you are talking about a rotation of niese harvey gee mejia wheeler
Mejia has good stuff for sure. I'd put him in AAA as a starter and let him get back into a starter's routine. He's coming back from TJS, they yoyo'ed him when he came back between starting and relieving and he's a very young man. I think he is the guy who started pitching when he was around 16, after deciding he had no future as a shoe shine boy in the DR. I'm not joking. So he doesn't have a whole lot of pitching under his belt and he may not have even learned to pitch as Gee has.
If Gee has a good season and Mejia develops, he could be a good trade piece at worst. I do think Gee is going to have a very nice season.
I'm sorry but the more I think about it the more I think we'll be this years surprise team whether that's sneaking into the playoffs or just finishing with an overall good record.
I do not think starting pitching will be a problem forus. Offensively, we'll hang with a lot of teams and our bullpen is Waaaay to deep to be as horrendous as last year.
Did you see him pitch last year? Horrible. No command of his pitches at all. Fell behind 3-1 and got creamed when he had to throw a strike. Or, threw it down the middle trying to get ahead, and got creamed. He never put up good numbers in the minors, and had the "Deer in the headlights" look last year. Gee isn't going to be a big time star, but he's better than Mejia. I'm not sure I'd say Mejia has..."wow" stuff...but even if he does, it takes more than throwing hard to win in the majors...as so many minor league world beaters soon find out. Doubt that? Look up Sandy Koufax's career. Nobody threw harder, but until he learned to pitch, he was pretty bad. It took him half his career to learn too.
The bigger question is, can Gee still be effective? He's coming back from a serious medical condition and until we see him in ST, who knows? Our crack medical staff says he's ok, but with their track record that could be the kiss of death. I think he'll probably be okay, and I sure hope so, because we have nothing to replace him with. The more starts Mejia or Familia get, the worse we'll be.