Mejia was traded to the Twins on Thursday in a move that sent Eduardo Nunez to the Giants. The 23-year-old lefty was one of the Giants' top overall prospects and their third-best pitching prospect prior to being sent to Minnesota. He struggled a bit after being promoted to Triple-A Sacramento, posting a 4.20 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over seven starts, but that's not entirely uncommon in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Mejia flashed dominant stuff at Double-A earlier this season with a 1.94 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 58 strikeouts, and just 16 walks. He will be assigned to the Twins' Triple-A affiliate at Rochester.
Mejia was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. Mejia, who turns 23 on Monday, has been fabulous at Double-A, posting a 1.94 ERA and 58:16 K:BB in 65 innings. He is not only one of the Giants' top prospects, but he is one of the closest to the big leagues, in terms of potentially impactful talent. It's not clear how many innings the Giants have in mind for Mejia in 2016, as he only threw 82.1 frames last year between Double-A and the Arizona Fall League, but he could be an option at the big league level if he hits the ground running at Triple-A.
Mejia, 22, has a 1.94 ERA and 58:16 K:BB in 65 innings for Double-A Richmond. The 6-foot-3 southpaw is holding opposing batters to a .203 BAA.
Mejia is returning to Double-A to begin the 2016 season. He made 12 appearances in Richmond last season, after serving a 50-game suspension due to a positive test for a stimulant. Assuming that he pitches well to begin the season, Mejia should quickly move on to Triple-A for the first time in his career in 2016.
Mejia was added to the Giants' 40-man roster Friday, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports. A 50-game ban for testing positive for a stimulant kept Mejia off the mound until June, but he went on to post a 2.45 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 12 appearances (nine starts) with Double-A Richmond. This amounts to a procedural move to protect Mejia from the Rule 5 draft, as it seems like a bit of a reach to think he could be a regular option for the big club in 2016, unless the team were to move him to the bullpen.
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