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Tommy John surgery just part of the game for prospect Mecias

Yoel Mecias, Image- Jay Floyd

As prevalent as reconstructive elbow surgery has become for baseball players, it just comes with the territory, if you ask Phillies lefty pitching prospect Yoel Mecias.

The Venezuela native was an All-Star last year for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws when the team hosted the South Atlantic League’s annual showcase of its top players.

As a 19-year-old Mecias was impressive, posting a 4-3 record with a 3.79 ERA with 70 strike outs in 57 innings through 13 outings (11 starts) in 2013 for the ‘Claws, prior to being sidelined with an elbow issue that resulted in Tommy John surgery.

As a rising prospect that had begun garnering plenty of attention throughout the Sally League, Mecias was disappointed to have his breakout campaign cut short, but he didn’t let the negative feeling settle in too deeply.

“In the beginning the injury was hard on me, but I knew it was all mental. I just tried to take that away. For me, I just had to be patient and just work. It’s part of the game,” Mecias stated with the help of Lakewood hitting coach Lino Connell, who translated the youngster’s thoughts.

Mecias returned to the mound, facing opposing batters in under a year when he made his season debut last month with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies. In four starts in the GCL, the six-foot-two 160-pounder sported a 0-1 record with a 4.76 ERA while striking out 10 and walking eight in 17 innings.

According to Mecias, the rehab process is in the past and he’s working on getting the rest of his body back to where it was prior to the injury.

“I’m not concerned with the elbow anymore. I feel great. I’m just working hard to get 100-percent in shape overall,” Mecias declared.

He’s looked sharper since returning to Lakewood, tallying a 1-0 record while allowing a lone run, which was earned, on four hits in 10 innings of work while striking out eight and walking three.

The club’s pitching coach, former big league hurler Les Lancaster, has been pleased with the output the resilient Mecias has put forth in two outings since joining the BlueClaws.

“He’s just coming off the surgery and everything, but (he) looks good. He’s getting stronger each time out,” Lancaster said with a bit of pride in Mecias’ progress.

The Phillies will watch Mecias, who was inked by Venezuelan scout Jesus Mendez in December, 2010, closely and have mandated per-outing caps on his activity, in order to be cautious with his workload.

“He’s gonna go five innings or 80 pitches, which ever one comes first. Last time was five (innings)/80 (pitches), the second time was five (innings)/68 (pitches), so he’s done a good job,” Lancaster stated.

Phillies fans looking for a bright spot within the system of late should look no farther than Mecias’ recent progress.

Ranked highly among Phillies prospects, the athletic looking Mecias throws a fastball that was regularly clocked in the low-90’s prior to the injury and a plus change up. He continues to work on his breaking pitch, a slider, which needs some improvement according to coaches.

With things now on the right path for Mecias, he’s ready to help the BlueClaws down the stretch for the remainder of the season and has already been prepared for what’s next.

“They already told me that I’ll go to instructs, so be ready to pitch more after the season,” Mecias asserted.

Mecias also said he would possibly pitch in the Venezuelan Winter League if the Phillies allow it, but that may not be likely. A full off-season of rest should be on the agenda for the promising young pitcher before he becomes he buzz of the organization next year.

67 Comments

67 Comments

  1. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Gameday #104 — Cliff Lee definitely not putting on a good show for the scouts

  2. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Well lets see if Howard can get untracked.

  3. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Watch the ball big man, you cannot pull the outside pitch.

  4. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Ugh. Welcome back Ryan.

  5. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Geez the Yankees really exposed Howard with that low outside pitch in 09, and everyone has used it since. I guess it’s harder than it looks to lay off. But not all hitters get fooled by it as often.

  6. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Yech.

  7. c. schreiber

    July 26, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Someone please explain to me why RH is back in the lineup IN THE Fourth Hole!!What, what, what. 1st & third 1 out, and he K’s. Get him the f—- out the lineup and if you must play him he should bat 7th or 8th, Jesus Christ all F—ing mighty.!!!!!!

  8. c. schreiber

    July 26, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Schmeck, whats the ML record for left on base by an individual in a season? He’s got to be on his way to break it.

  9. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    OH BABY!!! ASCHE SMASCHE!!!

  10. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    WOO HOO!!! Second night in a row the offense is showing signs of life!

  11. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    CHASE UTLEY, YOU ARE THE MAN!!!

  12. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I’ve figured out how to save the Phils season. When I play Utley in my f-league, he doesn’t hit. I just wont play him anymore and WFC here we come!!

  13. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Ugh… even worse than a strikeout. The crowd was behind him… right until he GIDP.

  14. c. schreiber

    July 26, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    This is a joke nopw its a doubleplay with two on. Get him the hell out of the lineup. Sell him to Japan.

  15. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I was gonna say I wish they wouldn’t boo him like that, but I remember when they booed Schmidtty. Ryan should wear a wig, maybe Schmidt still has it to give him Sunday!

  16. Phillies Fan from Germany

    July 26, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    There is really no Point in booing someone who is really as Low as you can get. Its sad to watch. Not the time to boo in my opinion.

    • schmenkman

      July 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Yep, agree.

  17. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    yikes…

  18. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    WOO HOO!!!

  19. Phillies Fan from Germany

    July 26, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Phillies Hit .611 of Collmenter 🙂

  20. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Well I guess if Cliff isnt going to be at his best on the mound he might as well contribute on offense!

  21. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    maybe Cliffy can get some trade value as a DH

  22. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Wow, is that Howard on first? I missed that play.

  23. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    blech

  24. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Gotta cover first Clifford.

  25. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    CHOOOOCH!!

  26. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    uh oh…

  27. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Inciarte has played a lot for them this year. And he scores.

    • schmenkman

      July 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      He’s been a terrible hitter (.246/.279/.291, 280th in wRC+ out of 287 hitters with 180+ PAs), but seems to be a very good fielder.

      • Lefty

        July 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm

        Looks like he played as much as he did due to the Trumbo injury.

  28. Aussie Phil

    July 26, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Akward moment when Cliff has a higher BA then RH

    • schmenkman

      July 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      And Ruf. And Brown. And really just about everyone on the team not named Utley or Byrd.

  29. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    10 PM and we just hit the 7th inning stretch. When did this game get so freaking long???

  30. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    On Saturday August 24 last year v the Dbacks at CBP threy played 18 innings in a game that reminds me a bit of this one. It was 7-7 until the Snakes scored 5 to win it. That game was over 7 hours long. Get your coffee makers ready!

  31. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    It’s 10:30 already and they haven’t gotten through the regulation 9

  32. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Safe!

  33. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I didn’t realize that Brainiac was back.

    • Lefty

      July 26, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      The yak is back

  34. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    No way

  35. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    No flippin way

  36. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Win it Cody- no pressure!

  37. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Come on Benny, this old man is tired.

  38. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I take it back. Slo mo shows he was out. They got it right.

  39. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Woo hoo! Nice to see somebody else playing Keystone Kops for a change.

    • Lefty

      July 26, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Dbacks are truly the other keystone kops

  40. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I don’t think he touched the bag

  41. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    They cant overturn this one. One per inning thats my rule.

  42. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    The worst part of this new review thing when you’re in the ballpark: Before they start showing the replays, they have about a minute of a black screen with an ad on it. Bleh.

    • Tracey

      July 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      This replay review brought to you by Samsung. Bleh.

  43. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Alright now send em home happy Grady.

  44. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    More baseball for your money.

  45. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Is paps back out? He only threw 6 pitches..

    • Tracey

      July 26, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      golly, you expect him to throw more than 6 pitches when they’re only paying him $13 mil a year???

      • Lefty

        July 26, 2014 at 11:04 pm

        That was asking a lot. Pffft

      • Lefty

        July 26, 2014 at 11:05 pm

        Meanwhile AB looks like he’s gonna sh-t the bed now.

      • Tracey

        July 26, 2014 at 11:08 pm

        The bed is now officially sh-tted

  46. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    uh oh part 2….

  47. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    oh good grief

  48. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Utley made the heads up play. Just hit him in the back. Crap that would gave been the third out.

  49. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    But that really wasnt his ball to cut off. Benny just couldnt throw it home.

  50. Tracey

    July 26, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    We’re dead.

  51. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    AB sh t the bed again.

  52. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Uggh! oh well I’ll get to bed on time anyway. Early morning for me tomorrow.

  53. Lefty

    July 26, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    No runs after Colmenter left

  54. Double Trouble Del

    July 26, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I’m much ages red that July and August pass and every single trade candidate is still here.

  55. Double Trouble Del

    July 26, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    I hate auto spell check. What I wanted to say was I am very much afraid…..

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