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Jenrry Mejia officially made his major league debut on Wednesday, April 7th, pitching for the New York Mets, and becoming the 23rd former Cyclone to appear in the majors.
Mejia, one of the top prospects in the Mets' farm system, made a splash this Spring to earn a spot on the team's Opening Day roster. Mejia's Spring stats were eye-popping, particularly for a 20-year-old -- a 1.59 ERA in 17.0 innings over 11 games, allowing 15 hits, three earned runs, and three walks, while striking out nine batters.
Mejia played for Brooklyn in 2008, going 3-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 11 starts. In 56.2 innings for the Cyclones, he allowed 42 hits, 22 runs (all earned) and 23 walks, while striking out 52 batters.
Apart from three games in which he struggled -- allowing 13 earned runs in 15 innings -- Mejia allowed just nine runs in his remaining 41.2 innings pitched, for a 1.94 ERA. He struck out a season-high nine batters in just five innings on 7/20/08, against the Yankees.
In 2009, Mejia combined to go 4-6 with a 3.14 ERA in 19 starts, splitting time between the Mets' St. Lucie (A) and Binghamton (AA) affiliates.
Including Mejia, 23 total players have played for the Cyclones and gone on to appear in a major league game. Former Cyclone Drew Butera is on the Minnesota Twins' active roster, but has not yet made his debut.
Seven former Cyclones are currently on a major league active roster: Brian Bannister (Royals) Butera, Mike Jacobs (Mets), Matt Lindstrom (Astros), Mejia, Angel Pagan (Mets), and Joe Smith (Indians).