Mets farmhand Jenrry Mejia was placed on the disabled list at Double-A Binghamton yesterday with a strained finger. The injury forces him out of the Futures Game, and he's been replaced on the World roster with righthander Francisco Samuel.
The righthanded Samuel is an easy choice logistically, as he plays for the hometown organization; with the game being played Sunday in St. Louis, it's easier to add a Cardinals farmhand at the last minute, especially one playing nearby at Double-A Springfield. Samuel, 22, is 3-3, 4.28 with 20 saves this season for the Cardinals and has 40 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings. However, he's walked 28 in that span.
The big loss here is Mejia, who stood to be one of the most exciting players to watch in the Futures Game. His fastball has reached 98 mph this season while he's worked as a starter. Two pro scouts contacted by BA this week wondered if Mejia had the pitchability to remain a starting pitcher long-term, but both agreed he has one of the best arms in the minor leagues.
We'll have to make due with the rest of the Futures Game rosters, which have so far remained unchanged from last week's release.