Jeurys Familia has been considered by some to be among the Mets top ten prospects.

Familia spent his first year in Rookie Ball and was very impressive. In 2008, he went 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and a 6.6 K/9 rate.

This was enough to earn him a spot in Single-A for the ’09 season. At age 19, Familia impressed again. He went 10-6 with a 2.69 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and a 7.3 K/9 rate.

Once again, Familia merited a promotion. Familia has been at High-A ball this year. He has had some struggles this year, but he has shown the flashes of brilliance that he had in the previous two seasons. Familia is 3-8 with a 5.84 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, and 9.1 K/9 rate.

Most of Familia’s struggles can be linked to his walk rate jumping from 3.1 BB/9 in ’09 to 6.3 BB/9 this season. If Familia can regain his control, he has unlimited potential.

Jeurys was recently kind enough to take some time out of his schedule for an interview with me.

At what age did you realizes that you were talented enough to become a professional baseball player? “At about 16, 16 and a half years old.”

Was there anything that led you to realize that you would go pro? “I just had that feeling, especially with my parents pushing me, and just making me think every day about becoming better and getting better. I just knew that I was gonna make it. It…(to read the rest of the interview click on the link below)

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