Adalberto Mejia
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After logging a 4.65 FIP in 21 MLB starts in 2017, Mejia began the season in the minors as an afterthought. He improved at Triple-A, logging his best strikeout rate (8.8 K/9) since getting traded to Minnesota from San Francisco in 2016. When he finally got an extended shot again in the MLB rotation, he gave up just one run in his last four starts. Unfortunately, his season ended in early August with a nerve traction injury above his left (throwing) elbow. While just a small sample size, his improved strikeout rate in the minors did not translate to the majors (5.2 K/9). If Mejia is healthy this spring, he should contend for a spot in the rotation, but it's not clear that Twins management really believes in him as a major-league starter long term. He could open the year as the No. 5 starter and lone lefty in the rotation, but if he struggles, prospects from the minors will eventually push him to a swingman or low-leverage relief role. Read Past Outlooks
Will compete for fifth starter role
PMinnesota Twins
February 18, 2019
Mejia will be stretched out as a starter during spring training, manager Rocco Baldelli told Skor North 1500 am Twin Cities.
It's possible that Mejia could be moved to the bullpen eventually or may begin the season in the rotation at Triple-A, but he'll begin spring in the competition for the fifth starter job. He's a long shot to win a rotation spot and will need to show he's healthy after his 2018 season ended in August due to nerve irritation in his elbow.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .261 96 21 6 23 3 0 4
Since 2016vs Right .277 452 77 48 109 27 2 10
2018vs Left .118 19 3 1 2 0 0 0
2018vs Right .242 73 10 8 15 0 0 1
2017vs Left .275 75 18 5 19 2 0 4
2017vs Right .283 368 67 39 91 26 2 9
2016vs Left 1.000 2 0 0 2 1 0 0
2016vs Right .333 11 0 1 3 1 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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ERA on Road
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ERA at Home
Since 2016Home 5.16 1.60 66.1 2 5 0 8.1 3.8 1.4
Since 2016Away 2.88 1.42 56.1 4 2 0 6.1 4.2 0.6
2018Home 0.00 0.80 5.0 0 0 0 3.6 5.4 0.0
2018Away 2.60 1.27 17.1 2 0 0 5.7 3.1 0.5
2017Home 5.58 1.66 61.1 2 5 0 8.5 3.7 1.5
2017Away 2.70 1.42 36.2 2 2 0 6.6 4.7 0.7
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 7.71 2.57 2.1 0 0 0 0.0 3.9 0.0
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How does Adalberto Mejia compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Mejia had an up-and-down first full season in the majors but showed some promise. He won the fifth starter job in spring training, but struggled with a 5.79 ERA in his first three starts and was sent to Triple-A. Mejia improved after he was called up in May, going 8-7 with a 4.31 ERA over his next 15 starts. He then missed a month with a left biceps strain in early August and struggled in his last three starts in September. On the whole, Mejia lacked the bat-missing ability (7.8 K/9) to make up for his poor control (4.0 BB/9). His fastball velocity (92.8 mph) is solid for a southpaw, but the pitch doesn't have much movement. In fact, all four of his offerings rated as below-average pitches last year, according to FanGraphs' pitch value metric. He has the frame (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) to handle a starter's workload, and he won't turn 25 until June, so he will likely enter 2018 in the rotation. However, his upside might be capped as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
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.
After serving a 50-game suspension for taking a banned stimulant, Mejia returned to Double-A Richmond and posted a 2.45 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 51.1 innings. The lack of strikeouts at the minor league level is a bit concerning for a lefty who can touch 95 mph with his fastball. With the Giants lacking left-handed starters in their farm system, Mejia could find himself in the majors as soon as this year. At 22 years old, he is still considered one of the Giants' top pitching prospects, but those in dynasty leagues should be weary of his lack of strikeouts before investing too much in him.
Mejia’s prospect stock is trending downward. He would have been considered one of the few Giants prospects with a shot at contributing this season, but in November it was announced that he had been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a stimulant, essentially ruling out a 2015 big-league debut. The 6-foot-3 southpaw got off to a really shaky start in 2014 at Double-A Richmond, but in his final 11 starts he posted a 2.95 ERA, re-establishing himself as a potential back-end starter in the majors. However, his strikeouts were way down in 2014, posting a 17.9% strikeout rate, a far cry from the 25.1% mark he put up in 2013 at High-A San Jose. Mejia could still survive in a big-league rotation with his plus, low-90s fastball and solid-average slider and changeup, but the dream of the big lefty being a No. 3 starter seems highly unlikely.
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Shifted to 60-day DL
PMinnesota Twins
August 31, 2018
Mejia (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Friday, Brandon Warne of reports.
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Done for season
PMinnesota Twins
August 28, 2018
Mejia (elbow) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Dealing with nerve irritation, no timetable for return
PMinnesota Twins
August 16, 2018
Mejia (elbow) does not have a timetable for a return after being diagnosed with nerve irritation, Dan Hayes of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
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Diagnosed with nerve traction injury
PMinnesota Twins
August 11, 2018
Mejia was diagnosed with a nerve traction injury above his left elbow -- not an ulnar nerve injury -- and will undergo more testing, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Getting second opinion on arm injury
PMinnesota Twins
August 11, 2018
Mejia is getting a second opinion on his arm injury Saturday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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