In the 2021 season there wasn’t much time spent on the mound for Luis Mey. He joined Daytona in late May and a month later he found himself on the injured list with right elbow inflammation and he didn’t pitch again during the season. The righty threw just 9.0 innings in his one month during the year.
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When the 2022 season began the Cincinnati Reds sent Luis Mey back to Daytona where he joined the Tortugas bullpen. His first outing of the season went well as he tossed a shutout inning with a strikeout. His second outing went in the opposite direction as he was charged with three runs while hitting two batters and giving up a home run while recording just one out.
He rebounded the next two times out as he tossed 3.0 combined innings with four strikeouts. But his second time facing Bradenton in the series saw him allow four runs without recording an out as he walked three batters. Over the next two months it was more of the game – inconsistency. Over 10 games from April 28th through June 2nd he allowed 10 earned runs in 12.0 innings while walking 10 batters and striking out 18.
Things turned around from there. Over the next month he allowed just one run in 8.0 innings, walking just one batter, and picking up eight strikeouts. He hit a bit of a hiccup for three games over two weeks from mid-to-late July where he was charged with six runs in 5.0 innings and he walked four batters, but when August began things turned back around. Mey would pitch in seven more games on the year and give up just three runs in 11.2 innings where he had 16 strikeouts. His outing on August 21st saw him walk seven batters in 3.0 innings but only allow one run.
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Luis Mey Scouting Report
Position: Right-handed pitcher | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 242 lbs | Acquired: International FA (2018)
Born: June 24, 2001
Fastball | He shows plus-plus velocity with his 4-seam and 2-seam fastball.
Slider | He shows a plus slider that works in the mid-80’s.
When it comes to the raw stuff, Luis Mey passes the test with flying colors. His 4-seam fastball can reach 102 MPH and his 2-seamer touches 100.
When he’s on, he’s very good. But there’s a big check mark on the opposite side of the ledger: Mey struggles to throw strikes with any kind of consistency. Things did improve in the second half with the exception of his 7-walk outing in 3.1 innings late in the year, but even when not accounting for that outing he still walked 11% of the hitters he faced from June 12th through the end of the season.
There’s back of the bullpen upside for Mey. But with the control issues there’s a lot for him to improve upon. Without improvements in this area he’s going to struggle to find success as he moves up the ladder even in the minor leagues.
Interesting Stat on Luis Mey
His walk rate against younger batters was 7.8%. His walk rate against older batters was 20.3%.
I didn’t know he had that kinda stuff. Let’s hope Mey and Boyle can learn to control, and command their stuff. Could be a powerful pen in the near future.
6’3″ and 242, throwing 100 … he sounds like one of the bullpen guys the Astros run out there 2-3 times a game.