StockWatch: Mets RP Jeurys Familia

Updated: April 7, 2015

The old (and true) draft adage took just one day to show itself true again.

Dont. Pay. For. Saves.

It looks like current closer Jenrry Mejia may be out for a while with elbow tenderness (not a good sign on Opening Day), potentially opening the door for Jeurys Familia to become the new closer.

If it happens and Familia keeps the job, he could quickly become one of the nastiest closers in baseball. His slider is a plus pitch and his fastball is electric (No. 8 among all relievers in terms of average velocity – 96.4 – in 2014). Familia’s 8.5 K/9 is nearly identical to his minor-league average, while his ground ball rate (57.4%) was among the top-20 among relievers last year. The only thing stopping him from total dominance, like most young pitchers, is walks (3.7 K/9 in 2014).

Even with the walk issues, however, Familia has the potential to be a dominant closer and is worth grabbing in all leagues on the chance he becomes this year’s Zach Britton. We had him ranked No. 39 in our fantasy baseball reliever rankings entering the season, figuring he’d get a share of the Mets’ saves this season. It seems he may be in line for many more than predicted with Mejia’s injury.

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