Jeurys Familia

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Jeurys Familia
Jeurys Familia on April 1, 2013.jpg
Familia with the New York Mets
New York Mets – No. 27
Pitcher
Born: (1989-10-10) October 10, 1989 (age 24)
Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 2012 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
(through August 29, 2014)
Win–loss record 2–3
Earned run average 2.72
Strikeouts 74
Saves 5
Teams

Jeurys Familia (born October 10, 1989) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. Familia was signed by the New York Mets as a non-drafted free agent on July 13, 2007. On September 4, 2012 he was promoted to the major leagues and made his debut.[1] His first name is pronounced "hey-OR-ees."[2]

Professional career[edit]

Familia is 6'4" and 230 lbs; he bats and throws right-handed. Familia was signed by the New York Mets as a non-drafted free agent on July 13, 2007.

Minor leagues[edit]

2008−10[edit]

Familia pitched for the Gulf Coast Mets in 2008, compiling a 2−2 record with a 2.79 ERA in 51.2 innings pitched. In 2009 he pitched for the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats, going 10−6 with a 2.69 ERA in 134 innings pitched. In 2010, Familia was promoted to the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League. He went 6–9 with a 5.58 ERA through 121 innings and struck out 10.2 batters per nine innings in a full season with St. Lucie. Also in 2010, Familia was selected to represented the Mets at the All-Star Futures Game where he pitched for the World Team.[3]

2011−12[edit]

Due to his sub-par performance in 2010, Familia began the 2011 season with the Single-A St. Lucie Mets. After six starts he went 1−1 with a 1.49 ERA in 36.1 innings. Familia was then promoted to the Double-A Binghamton Mets of the Eastern League. After his promotion to Binghamton, Familia went 4−4 with a 3.49 ERA in 87.2 innings. He finished the 2011 season across 2 minor league levels at 5−5 with a 2.9 ERA. Familia's performance made him an EAS Mid-Season All-Star. On November 18, 2011, Familia was added to the Mets 40 man roster.[4]

After getting back on track in 2011, Familia was promoted to the Mets Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons of the International League, in 2012. Prior to starting his minor league season, Familia was invited to the Mets Spring Training Camp.[5] Familia was also ranked at 84th on MLB.com's best 100 prospects list and 3rd in the Mets organization prior to the start of the 2012 campaign.[6] Through 28 starts with Buffalo, Familia went 9–9 with a 4.73 ERA. On September 4th, Familia was called up the New York Mets due to expanded September rosters.[1]

Major leagues[edit]

On September 4, 2012, Familia made his major league debut against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. He pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out the first batter he faced, Lance Berkman.[7] Although Familia has predominantly started in the minors, he was used out of the bullpen as a reliever in his inaugural season.

Familia made the Mets' roster for Opening Day in 2013.[8] He made one appearance before being optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas for Aaron Laffey. After 4 appearances there, he was recalled on April 17, replacing Greg Burke. After 7 appearances with the Mets, he was placed on the disabled list on May 12 with tendinitis in his right elbow.[9] After starting a rehab assignment in St. Lucie, his elbow got worse, and he underwent surgery on June 5.[10] After making one rehab start in St. Lucie and one in Brooklyn, he was activated by the Mets on September 14.[11] He made one appearance before the end of the season. In 9 games with New York in 2013, he finished 3 games with a 4.22 ERA and a .293 OBA, striking out 8 in 10.2 innings.

2014 Season[edit]

Familia became the established 8th inning pitcher, or the "set-up man" in front of the closer, Jenrry Mejia.

Awards and honors[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

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