Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) on July 2, 2012 (CLE).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|Hitting .297 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs in 92 games at Akron (Double-A), adding seven stolen bases with a .490 SLG.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Akron on September 1 when rosters expanded.
MLB Debut Date: 09/01/17
|September 1, in the second game of a day-night doubleheader 10-0 win against the Tigers. Pinch-hitting in the eighth inning for DH Edwin Encarnacion, he went 0-for-1. Coming to bat with one on and no outs against left-handed reliever Jairo Labourt (also making his MLB debut that inning), he flew out to right field.|
|Mejia's 2017 minor league season wound up without his spending even a day at Triple-A, with his announcement as Eastern League (Double-A) Rookie of the Year laurels coming a day after his big league debut. The consensus No. 1 prospect in the Cleveland system (if you can't believe both Baseball America AND MLB.com, who can you believe?), he finished sixth in the Eastern League batting race and added 31 multi-hit games in his Akron campaign. In 2016, he'd combined between Lake County (Class A) and Lynchburg (High A) to bat .342 with 11 home runs and 80 RBIs, posting a 50-game hitting streak between the two stops that extended from May 27 to August 13 and was the fourth-longest in minor league history. Along with that bat, he has a plus plus arm, is consistently improving his defense behind the plate in all aspects of that part of his game, can also fill in at third base (he made his minor league debut there officially two days before his promotion), is an excellent hitter from both sides of the plate, and won't even turn 22 until October. What's not to love? A two-time Futures Game participant in 2016 and 2017, he did miss a little time during 2017 on the DL but nothing to be concerned about, as proven by his promotion. The Indians would not be messing around with a gem like this if they had any worries.|