Mejia, Flores to play in Futures Game
Mets prospects to suit up for the World Team on July 12
NEW YORK -- It smells like teen spirit for the Mets' organization, which will send 19-year-old Double-A pitcher Jenrry Mejia and 17-year-old Class A shortstop Wilmer Flores to the Futures Game.
The 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game, pitting the best Minor League prospects from the United States against the best from the rest of the World, will be held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on All-Star Sunday, July 12, at 2 p.m. ET. MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, which can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on Gameday.
Jenrry Mejia, RHP, Binghamton Mets (World Team)
Mejia blew away the opposition of the Florida State League in nine starts for the St. Lucie Mets earlier this season, going 4-1 with a 1.97 ERA. In 50 1/3 innings, he allowed just 41 hits and 11 earned runs and struck out 44 batters.
Mejia struggled in his first start after being promoted to Binghamton, but he has settled down in the three starts since. His most recent start was his best in Double-A, as he tossed seven shutout innings, holding the Connecticut Defenders to just five hits.
Mejia has rapidly risen in the Mets' Minor League system since being signed by the team in April 2007. Following a season in the Dominican Summer League, Mejia worked in both the Gulf Coast League and New York-Penn League last season. In 11 starts for the Brooklyn Cyclones, he went 3-2 with a 3.49 ERA, limiting opponents to a .209 batting average.
Wilmer Flores, SS, Savannah Sand Gnats (World Team)
With Jose Reyes on the disabled list, there's been talk about a lack of infield depth in the Mets' farm system. It's too bad the team's most exciting infield prospect since Reyes came up in 2003 is just 17 years old.
Flores, who will turn 18 on Aug. 6, isn't having any issues with a sophomore slump in his second season of professional ball. The shortstop for the Savannah Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League is hitting .273 with two home runs, 11 doubles and 18 RBIs in 59 games.
Flores was an Appalachian League All-Star last year as a 16-year-old for the Kingsport Mets. Flores hit .310 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs in 59 games with the K-Mets before spending some time in Class A ball with the Sand Gnats and Brooklyn Cyclones in August and early September. Moving up didn't slow Flores down, as he went 2-for-5 in his lone game in Savannah and batted .267 in eight games for Brooklyn.
Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.