Adalberto Mejia improved significantly in his second season at Double-A Richmond with a 3.94 ERA and 58:16 K:BB in 65 innings. He then saw his strikeouts climb to 9.6 K/9 at Triple-A Sacramento, although he had a 4.20 ERA. His improvement resulted in a trade to Minnesota, where he has an easier path to the majors amid Minnesota's struggles in the starting rotation. Mejia has a low-90s fastball, a solid slider, and changeup, giving him an arsenal that enables him to profile as a back-of-the-rotation starter. He'll contend for a rotation spot this spring and should get a shot later this summer even if he begins the year back in Triple-A Rochester.
Mejia gave up six runs over six innings in a minor league game Saturday. He appears to have fallen behind Tyler Duffey in the fifth starter competition as a result, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Duffey didn't allow an earned run and had 10 strikeouts in six innings in a separate minor league outing Saturday. With Jose Berrios optioned to Triple-A, the fifth starter race appears to be between Mejia and Duffey. However, the Twins haven't indicated their plans and it's possible Justin Haley or Nick Tepesch could still factor in the mix.
Mejia gave up two runs -- both on solo homers -- over four innings with three strikeouts in Monday's win over Toronto. He has a 1.88 ERA with a 14:4 K:BB in 14.1 innings this spring. The competition for Minnesota's fifth starter remains uncertain with both Mejia and Tyler Duffey having strong outings Monday. Mejia has put himself in serious consideration with his strong spring, but the Twins will likely wait to make any decisions until Jose Berrios returns from pitching for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.
Mejia threw 1.2 scoreless innings with a strikeout in Saturday's spring training win over Toronto. He's given up one run in 3.2 innings with two strikeouts this spring as he contends for the fifth starter role. "I'm still open-minded," manager Paul Molitor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Mejia will compete with Jose Berrios, Tyler Duffey, Trevor May, Justin Haley, Ryan Vogelsong and Nick Tepesch for the final spot in the rotation. Mejia is a long shot and will likely begin the season at Triple-A, but a strong spring could put him on the short list to be called up early in the season.
Mejia will be in the competition for Minnesota's fifth starter role this spring, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports. Mejia will compete with Jose Berrios, Tyler Duffey, Trevor May, Justin Haley, Ryan Vogelsong and Nick Tepesch for the final spot in the rotation. Mejia is a long shot and will likely begin the season at Triple-A. Mejia improved significantly in his second season at Double-A Richmond last year with a 3.94 ERA and 58:16 K:BB in 65 innings. He then saw his strikeouts climb to 9.6 K/9 at Triple-A Sacramento, although he had a 4.20 ERA. He'll likely get a crack at the big league rotation at some point this summer if he begins the season at Triple-A.
Mejia is likely to get only a few more starts at Triple-A Rochester before he's shut down for the season due to a limit of 150 innings, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He's unlikely to be a September callup as a result. He's at 127.1 innings this season between three levels and two organizations. He'll likely enter next spring with a chance to win a spot in the big league rotation.