ENMANUEL MEJIA, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: December 22, 1998
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

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.

2019
DSL:  2-1-7, 1.74 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 20.2 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 16.1 K/9

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.

2020
DNP

The Pirates brought Mejia to fall instructionals in 2019, so he would have been in the US in 2020 had there been a season.

2021
A:  4-1-8, 0.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 26.1 IP, 5.8 BB/9, 12.0 K/9
A+:  1-1-1, 1.10 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 16.1 IP, 5.5 BB/9, 9.9 K/9

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 has a lot working against him.  He’s short for a righty, he’ll be 24 at the start of the 2022 season, and “relief prospect” is a bit of an oxymoron.  So far, though, he’s moved up very quickly and he’s been effective.  The Pirates could send him to Altoona to open 2022.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2022: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
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
TRANSACTIONS
February 20, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.
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