Jeurys Familia, Relief Pitcher/Closer, New York Mets, #27
Date of Birth: 10/10/1989
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Current Salary: $7,425,000
Jeurys Familia, relief pitcher/closer for the New York Mets, was signed by the Mets in July, 2007. He pitched in the Mets' minor league system from 2008 through part of 2013. During that time, he had a 32-32 record, 551 strikeouts to 252 walks, and a 3.81 ERA in 118 games.
Familia joined the Mets for eight games in 2012. The following season, he played in just nine games, spending the rest of the season on the DL after having elbow problems and surgery. In 2014, he was the Mets' setup man and he pitched in 76 games with them. He finished the season with a 2-5 record, 5 saves, 73 strikeouts to 32 walks, and a 2.21 ERA in 77.1 innings.
Familia became the Mets' closer in 2015 after Jenrry Mejia was suspended. He had a strong season, finishing with 43 saves, 86 strikeouts to 19 walks, and a 1.85 ERA in 78.0 innings in 76 games. In postseason play, he gave up 5 hits, including a home run, and 1 earned run in 14.2 innings in 12 games. He had a 0.81 ERA and 5 saves and he struck out 9 batters and walked 2.
Familia had another strong season in 2016, finishing with a 2.55 ERA in 78 games. He had 3 wins and 4 losses, 51 saves, and 84 strikeouts to 31 walks in 77.2 innings. He pitched one inning in the Wild Card game and he gave up 2 hits and 3 runs in the ninth inning, resulting in the Mets' loss to the San Francisco Giants.
On March 29, 2017, Familia received a 15 game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy.
Career pitching statistics for Familia through 2016 include:
- 247 games played
- 256.0 innings pitched
- 7-11 win-loss record
- 100 saves
- 261 strikeouts to 100 walks
- 2.46 ERA
Familia was arrested for domestic violence on October 31, 2016. The charges were dismissed by a New Jersey judge on December 15, 2016.