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    Pitcher Jeurys Familia has makings of a late-inning specialist

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseba...list-1.5199525
    ATLANTA - The progression is typical.
    Pitchers who can't cut it as starters wind up as relievers. The better ones grow into roles in the back of the bullpen as setup men or closers.
    This is the future that the Mets envision for righthander Jeurys Familia.
    "If he came up with one more pitch he could throw over the plate, he could be a late-inning guy," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Whether it's the closer or the eighth-inning guy, he's got all the makings of it."
    Familia offered a glimpse of that potential Friday night when he picked up his first major-league save in the Mets' 7-5 victory over the Braves.
    The Mets used closer Bobby Parnell to end a rally in the ninth, leaving Familia to close the game after his team took the lead in the 10th.
    "They gave me the opportunity and I did my work," Familia said.
    The Mets still considered Familia a starter when he was called up late last season. But since then, they have focused on converting the righthander into a reliever, hoping that he can enjoy success with his sinker and mid-90s fastball.

    I still would of preferred to see Familia as a starter, but the Mets desperately need to produce pen arms from within the organization.

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    I always saw Familia as a reliever. His mechanics were too rough and filled with too much effort. Not to mention his lack of change-up and consistent command.

    However, with his strikeout ability with his mid-90s fastball and sharp breaking ball, I felt he could be a late inning reliever.

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    There are things that made him only be a reliever, but he had other things that made him a possible starter.

    ...and actually he is not a max effort guy and durability was a plus in that regard.

    It was always about his secondaries and lack of command with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    There are things that made him only be a reliever, but he had other things that made him a possible starter.

    ...and actually he is not a max effort guy and durability was a plus in that regard.

    It was always about his secondaries and lack of command with him.
    It's his mechanics that led to his inconsistent command.

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    There is some truth to that, but he did not throw with much effort as you said.

    His lack of command due to his mechanics wise are due to him not finding a consistent release point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    There is some truth to that, but he did not throw with much effort as you said.

    His lack of command due to his mechanics wise are due to him not finding a consistent release point.
    He generates his velocity more from raw arm strength rather than mechanics that are in sync and uses the whole body equally. It's not a smooth delivery by any stretch, and it does use quite a bit of effort. He is just a great athlete with very good stamina, which is why he held his velocity late in games.

    I agree with the 2nd part.

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    Yes, his delivery is mostly pure arm strength, but he was not a max effort guy. There is a difference and hence why many did not considered him to be an injury risk and thought he could start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    Yes, his delivery is mostly pure arm strength, but he was not a max effort guy. There is a difference and hence why many did not considered him to be an injury risk and thought he could start.
    I didn't say he was a max effort guy, just too much effort to be consistent as a starter.

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    Nah he had no chance as a starter

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    ...but that is not the case though, there was not much thought that his delivery (while not ideal) cost too much effort for him to be a starter long term.

    As mention before his delivery has cost him command on a more regular basis and that is the main reason why being a starter seems out of the question for now.

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    Familia is a reliever. He doesn't have what it takes to be a starter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erickench View Post
    Familia is a reliever. He doesn't have what it takes to be a starter.
    I agree

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