Molina has 33 strikeouts in 37.0 innings with Double-A Binghamton after getting a late start to the season due to a lat strain, J.J. Cooper of Baseball America reports.
After missing all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, Molina's return to action was pushed even further back because of a lat strain. Once he returned though, he impressed with High-A St. Lucie in six games (five starts) with 23 strikeouts over 28.2 innings with a 1.26 ERA. His ERA has jumped to 4.14 since his promotion to Double-A, but the increased strikeout rate from one level to the other is a sign of a bright future for one of the Mets' top pitching prospects.
Molina, 22, has a 3.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 6:2 K:BB in his first two starts (nine innings) with High-A St. Lucie.
This is his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery at the end of the 2015 season, and so far he has been reasonably sharp. Molina was a top-200 prospect prior to the injury, profiling as a potential No. 3 starter.
The Mets' No. 9 prospect in RotoWire's rankings, Molina missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, but it looks like all systems are go heading into 2017. The 21-year-old will need to stay healthy to capitalize on the upside suggested by his raw stuff, including a plus changeup and a fastball that touched 96 mph prior to his surgery. Look for the Mets to limit his workload this season, but a strong showing could put him in line for a 2018 big league debut.
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