Keury Mella

30-Year-Old PitcherP
 Free Agent  
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Pirates in August of 2021. Released by the Pirates in October of 2021.
Inks minor-league deal with Pirates
PPittsburgh Pirates  
August 3, 2021
Mella reported to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday after recently signing a minor-league contract with the Pirates, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
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Mella was DFA'd by the Diamondbacks in mid-June, and the right-hander was later released on July 28. The reliever has pitched in the majors in five different seasons, with his best showing coming a year ago when he posted a 1.80 ERA across 10 innings with Arizona. He'll report to Indianapolis for the time being but could become an option to join the Pittsburgh bullpen later in 2021.
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .714 9 1 2 5 0 0 2
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2021vs Left .714 9 1 2 5 0 0 2
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2021Away 32.40 6.00 1.2 0 0 0 10.8 10.8 10.8
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June 2, 2015
James Anderson spotlights pitchers in the California League, including Angles prospect Sean Newcomb, who could be the best pitcher in the league.
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When Mella was traded to Cincinnati in 2015 in the return for Mike Leake, some publications had him as a top-100 prospect in baseball. Mella could never carve out a consistent role in Cincinnati, totaling eight appearances over three seasons. The right-hander was outrighted by Cincinnati last winter and elected free agency, landing with Arizona on a minor-league deal with a non-roster invite to major-league spring training. Mella had to bide his time at the alternate site for more than a month, but he finally enjoyed his first taste of big-league success when he joined the team in September. He can throw two variations of the fastball in the mid-90s and his slider showed improvement in 2020. An improved walk rate was also encouraging to see. Mella still has a lot to prove, but he is a sleeper in the Arizona bullpen.
Mella has received big-league cups of coffee in each of the last three seasons but has failed to impress, posting a 7.94 ERA (7.76 FIP) over 17 innings. His struggles extended to the minors in 2019 as he registered a 5.05 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 27 starts with Triple-A Louisville. It was a frustrating result as Mella appeared poised for a breakthrough after a 2018 campaign in which he logged a 3.00 ERA over 108 minor-league innings. The Dominican certainly has the arm strength to succeed -- his fastball can touch the upper-90s -- but he has yet to convert that into big strikeout numbers, posting a combined 7.3 K/9 at the Double-A and Triple-A levels. Considering his 4.16 ERA across the same levels, Mella doesn't appear to be on a path to stardom, and he may eventually be moved to the bullpen. That could be another team's decision, however, as Mella elected free agency after the Reds outrighted him in November.
Mella reached the majors for the first time last September, allowing three earned runs in four innings. The 24-year-old spent the bulk of the year with Double-A Pensacola, tossing 134 innings with an unimpressive 4.30 ERA, though his 3.48 xFIP suggests that he deserved better. His walk rate was a solid 7.5 percent, but he struck out just 18.9 percent of the batters he faced. With a fastball that can touch 98 and a solid curveball, Mella could be a weapon in the bullpen. He'll remain a starter for the time being and could become a fourth starter with some changeup development. He'll return to the minors this year to continue working on his changeup and command, but Mella could get another opportunity with the big-league club later this season as the rebuilding Reds continue to churn through their young starters.
Mella turned in his first full season with the Reds in 2016 after being acquired via trade from the Giants a year earlier. In 131.2 innings with High-A Daytona, the young righty posted a 3.90 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. It was an unfortunate step back from his encouraging 2015 season in which he put up a 3.23 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. His K/9 rate fell from 9.3 in 2015 to 6.5 in 2016 and his BB/9 held steady at an uninspiring 3.8. With a plus fastball and a power curveball, Mella has the stuff to eventually become a big league pitcher, but he will need to improve upon his command and consistency before he's ready to take the next leap forward. He was added to the Reds' 40-man roster this offseason and remains an interesting deep dynasty prospect.
Mella came over to the Reds from the Giants in the Mike Leake deal. By most accounts he was the Giants' top prospect remaining in the system and fit somewhere among the top 100 prospects in baseball. He essentially struck out a batter per inning at High-A ball, though his walk rate spiked after arriving in the Reds' farm system. Like many of the Reds' pitching prospects, Mella's offspeed pitches need refining, but he has a mid-90's fastball with a lot of late movement. We'll see if he can successfully scale the Double-A wall in 2016.
With a mid-90s fastball that will miss bats and generate weak contact in the zone against the best hitters in the world thanks to serious late life, Mella profiles as the best starting pitching prospect in the Giants’ system. His changeup and curveball cannot match the current utility of his fastball, but with an uptick in command, both secondary offerings could be weapons, giving him the realistic future ceiling of a No. 3 pitcher on a contender. After opening the season laying waste to hitters in the Northwest League, Mella was promoted to Low-A Augusta as a 20-year-old, where he posted a 3.93 ERA (2.79 FIP) with a 63:13 K:BB ratio in 66.1 innings. The 6-foot-2 righty out of the Dominican Republic will face a significant challenge as he moves to High-A San Jose this year, but with continued success, a major league ETA of late 2016 should start to come into focus.
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Time in Arizona over
PFree Agent  
August 3, 2021
The Diamondbacks released Mella on July 28.
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Designated for assignment
PArizona Diamondbacks  
June 18, 2021
Mella was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Friday.
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Contract selected by Arizona
PArizona Diamondbacks  
June 15, 2021
Mella had his contract selected by the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
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Stays in Arizona
PArizona Diamondbacks  
March 1, 2021
The Diamondbacks outrighted Mella to Triple-A Reno on Monday, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
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DFA'd by Diamondbacks
PArizona Diamondbacks  
February 26, 2021
Mella was designated for assignment by Arizona on Friday.
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