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Adalberto Mejia | Starting Pitcher | #49

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/20/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / UDFA / SF
Contract: view contract details

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Twins optioned LHP Adalberto Mejia to Triple-A Rochester.
He lasted just 2 2/3 innings in a no-decision Saturday against Detroit. The 23-year-old joined the Twins last summer in the trade that sent Eduardo Nunez to the Giants. He holds a disappointing 6.17 ERA over four major league outings. Apr 22 - 8:53 PM

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Adalberto Mejia surrendered three runs in a brief 2 2/3 inning start on Saturday against the Tigers.

Six of the eight of the outs he recorded came via the strikeout. He gave up five hits and three walks. He allowed an RBI single in the second inning, then gave up solo homers to both Nick Castellanos and Justin Upton in the third. Mejia has accumulated a mere 9 1/3 innings between his first three starts. He has a 5.79 ERA with 10 strikeouts and a scary eight walks. He will face the Royals on the road on Friday.
Apr 22 - 6:17 PM

Wednesday's game between the Indians and Twins has been postponed due to rain in Minneapolis.

It'll be made up with a day-night doubleheader on June 17. Adalberto Mejia was set to start for the Twins against Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer. Ervin Santana will take his normal turn in the Minnesota rotation on Thursday with Mejia getting pushed back.
Apr 19 - 3:42 PM

Adalberto Mejia gave up just one run over five innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday.

The only run scored on a fielder’s choice grounder off the bat of Jose Abreu. Mejia gave up four hits in all while walking three and striking out four. While he didn’t factor into the decision, it was a big improvement from season debut against this very same team last Saturday. He’ll try to build off this one in a start against the Indians at home next week.
Apr 15 - 12:57 AM

Adalberto Mejia was lifted after allowing three runs -- two earned -- over 1 2/3 innings in his first MLB start Saturday.

Mejia debuted in a game last season, but Saturday was his first start in the bigs after winning the Twins' fifth starter gig out of spring. It didn't go as he hoped, as Mejia gave up two hits and walked two White Sox hitters before being removed. Saturday's debut notwithstanding, the 23-year-old is a talented young southpaw who should have plenty of highs to go with the lows in his rookie year.
Apr 8 - 9:41 PM

Adalberto Mejia will open the 2017 regular season as the Twins' fifth starter.

Mejia secured the job with a 1.88 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings this spring. The 23-year-old right-hander might carry some value in AL-only fantasy leagues, but mixed leaguers can probably do better.
Mar 30 - 9:30 AM

Adalberto Mejia surrendered a pair of solo homers over four innings of relief Monday against the Blue Jays.

Though Mejia would seem to be the much more serious rotation candidate than Tyler Duffey at this point, he pitched in relief of Duffey today. The home run ball always figures to be Mejia's biggest issue; he'll get his strikeouts and do a fine job of limiting walks, but he allows a whole lot of flyballs. It's why we're skeptical that he'd be worth using in AL-only leagues if he gets that rotation spot.
Mar 20 - 5:48 PM

Adalberto Mejia fanned eight in 3 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday as the Twins shut out the Cardinals 8-0.

That's one way to make a statement in the rotation competition. Mejia did allow four hits, but all were singles and he walked none. Mejia was a huge long shot for a spot at the beginning of camp, but Trevor May got hurt and Jose Berrios hasn't stepped it up. The ideal for the Twins is that Berrios pitches well enough to secure the fifth spot, but Mejia should be the favorite after this. Mejia might be better than Phil Hughes or Hector Santiago anyway.
Mar 15 - 4:20 PM

Twins optioned LHP Adalberto Mejia to Triple-A Rochester.

That was fast. Mejia was only in the majors one day, but he made the most of his opportunity, allowing five hits and two runs over 2 1/3 innings in his big league debut Saturday against the Royals. Mejia probably wouldn't have been available for the next several days so it makes sense for the Twins to call up a fresh arm. He'll be back in September.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 11:18:00 PM

Twins recalled LHP Adalberto Mejia from Triple-A Rochester.

The Twins wanted an extra arm for their bullpen after losing Friday night's game in 11 innings. Mejia has seen mixed results since coming over from San Francisco in a trade last month. The left-hander went 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in three starts for Rochester before his callup. This will be his first stint in the major leagues.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 06:47:00 PM

Twins acquired LHP Adalberto Mejia from the Giants in exchange for SS Eduardo Nunez.

Mejia came in at No. 91 in Baseball America's latest prospect rankings. The 23-year-old from the Dominican Republic has pitched reasonably well this season, compiling a 2.81 ERA over 18 starts for Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento. He'll likely begin his Twins tenure with Triple-A Rochester but it's conceivable that he could work his way up to the majors before the end of 2016.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 10:49:00 PM

Giants purchased the contract of LHP Adalberto Mejia from Double-A Richmond.

The roster move protects the 22-year-old left-hander from being selected in the Rule 5 draft next month. After missing the start of the 2015 season due to a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, Mejia compiled a tremendous 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 38/18 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 08:45:00 AM

Giants prospect LHP Adalberto Mejia tossed four hitless innings on Thursday in his season debut for Double-A Richmond.

He struck out three batters and walked one in the outing, throwing 41 of 53 pitches for strikes. Mejia, 21, was activated from Richmond’s restricted list prior to the start after serving a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. The left-hander was viewed as one the Giants’ top prospects headed into the current season despite a disappointing 2014 campaign at Richmond in which he posted a 4.67 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 108 innings (21 starts). Mejia will continue to build up arm strength while taking another crack at the Eastern League, but it would be a surprise if he didn’t spend at least part of the year in Triple-A.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 12:38:00 PM

Giants pitching prospect Adalberto Mejia has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a stimulant.

Mejia, 21, is coming off a down season at Double-A, having posted a 4.67 ERA with 82 strikeouts over 108 innings. He remains one of the Giants' top prospects, though, with the ceiling of a mid-rotation starter.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 03:27:00 PM

Giants left-handed pitching prospect Adalberto Mejia threw five shutout innings, scattering two hits and striking out one batter for Double-A Richmond.

Mejia uses an advanced understanding of pitching and three average pitches (fastball, slider, changeup) to keep batters off balance, but he has struggled against the more advanced hitters in Double-A. For the season, opposing batters have hit .292/.330/.464 off him. He still projects as a mid-rotation starter who could reach the major leagues in 2015, but his struggles in Double-A have taken some of the shine off the apple.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 11:11:00 AM

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