While the Buffalo Bisons wind down this two week plus home stand at Coca Cola Field on Wednesday and Thursday, two top Mets pitching prospects are scheduled to take to the mound before the team departs for the road.
On Wednesday night, Jenry Mejia, who was slotted into the Bisons rotation in 2011 and then was sidelined with Tommy John surgery, will make his long anticipated return to the team, and interestingly, his mound opponent for Columbus will be none other than David Huff, who was a Buffalo standout in 2008, the last year as the Cleveland affiliate.
Then Thursday, it will be the big starter Chris Young, who was lights out with the the Mets last season before succumbing to shoulder injury, on the mound in a school kids morning game. Manager Wally Backman: “From what I’ve seen we’ve matched up very well against them, so I like what I see.” Backman expects a pitch count for Mejia (“around 80 pitches”) and also Young is still trying to find his velocity that earned him a spot on the big league roster.
Buffalo has won their first two games against the Clippers thus far, a 6-1 win Monday and then a 3-1 victory on Tuesday. Last season the Herd went winless against Columbus at Coca Cola Field. Tuesday’s heroics came courtesy of a Matt Tuiasosopo single in the left center gap which scored the go ahead run. Fernando Cabrera pitched a perfect 9th to earn his 11th save.
The Bisons haven’t missed a beat despite losing some key players to the Bigs this past week. All have been productive since joining the Mets. Vinny Rottino hit a home run for New York in his first major league at bat last week. Tonight Omar Quintinilla, just called up yesterday, hit two doubles at Citifield, and pitcher Jeremy Hefner belted a solo home run, the first for New York since 2010. Backman is pleased to see his men doing so well in the Major Leagues. “I think it’s great for them. Everybody’s relaying the news to us in the dugout. Those guys deserve the opportunity to go when the guys get hurt.” None of these players are on the 40 man roster, yet they are getting the chance for a promotion. “I think that’s a good thing that the Mets have done. It will be a bit strange when everybody starts getting healthy in the big leagues, but we’ll wait to see how things go,” said Backman.
One familiar face will be back with the Bisons for the next two games. Catcher Josh Thole, who played for Buffalo in 2009, will be here on a rehab assignment on his way back to the Mets. He will play DH on Wednesday and will play catcher on Thursday. Game times are 7:05PM on Wednesday and 10:35AM on Thursday.