ENMANUEL MEJIA, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: December 22, 1998
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Mejia signed at a late age shortly before the 2019 season started. He throws 93-95 mph with a good curve.
Pitching in relief, Mejia dominated the DSL, to put it mildly. He didn’t allow a single extra-base hit, with opponents batting just 137/213/137, and he struck out just under half the batters he faced.
The Pirates brought Mejia to fall instructionals in 2019, so he would have been in the US in 2020 had there been a season.
Mejia was the closest thing Bradenton had to a closer until early August, when the Pirates moved him up to Greensboro. The ERAs are a bit misleading; Mejia was charged with only two earned runs all year, but he allowed four unearned runs with Bradenton and five with Greensboro. For the full season, opponents batted only .173 against him, but he walked a lot of batters. His stuff never seemed overwhelming and he fell behind a lot, but he didn’t give in and that approach seemed to work for him.
Mejia struggled to adjust to AA ball. It’s possible the hitters chased less often enough that eventually he had to groove too many pitches. He never got on a good stretch and had more trouble in the second half than the first. Mejia had a huge home/road split holding batters to a .583 OPS at home but getting torched for a 1.007 OPS on the road. He also had a huge platoon split.
Mejia may have hit a wall in AA. He’ll probably get a chance to show otherwise in 2023.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|February 20, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.