Mid-Season Top 40 Prospects: #11

#11. Adalberto Mejia – LHP, 20 yo, Hi-A: Mejia is a young, 6’3” lefty from the Dominican Republic who has a good body and tons of potential. After signing with the Giants in 2011, he tore it up in the DSL with 71k/8bb and a 1.42 ERA in 76 IP. Last season, as a 19 year-old in Augusta, Mejia split time as a starter and a reliever. He began the year slow and lost his rotation spot, but he reclaimed that spot in the second half and turned his game up to a new level. He finished the year 10-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 106 IP. This season, Mejia joined Kyle Crick and Clayton Blackburn as 20 year-olds pitching in a stacked San Jose rotation. So far, injuries have limited Mejia to only 9 starts, but he’s logged a respectable 3.94 ERA. For someone so young, Mejia has shown great control during his time in the organization (he’s got a career 1.7 bb/9 in 228 IP). His fastball supposedly sits around 90, but he’s got an arsenal of secondary pitches that he can mix for strikes. I also found it impressive that he’s only allowed 8 HR during his pro career. If he can stay healthy, he could be in AA by next season.

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