Acquired: Via trade from the Giants on July 30, 2015, along with 1B Adam Duvall, for RHP Mike Leake (CIN). Originally signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) on September 9, 2011 (SFG).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|4-10 with a 4.30 ERA in 27 games, including one shutout, at Pensacola (Double-A) with 109 strikeouts and 43 walks in 134 innings, allowing 135 hits.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Pensacola on September 12 when rosters expanded.
MLB Debut Date: 09/20/17
|September 20, in a 9-2 loss to the Cardinals. The second of five pitchers, he allowed two earned runs on two hits in two innings, walking two and striking out one. Of 25 pitches thrown, 16 were for strikes. Coming on in the top of the fourth in relief of right-handed starter Rookie Davis, he retired the side in order, getting Kolten Wong to line out to left, Jedd Gyorko to ground out to third and Stephen Piscotty to fly out to left. In the fifth, he struck out Luke Weaver swinging before walking Matt Carpenter. Carpenter moved to third on a double by Tommy Pham. Mella then intentionally walked Dexter Fowler to load the bases before getting Paul DeJong to line out to shortstop. Yadier Molina followed with a two-run double to right before Wong lined out to left field to end the inning|
|When Mella was dealt to the Reds at the 2015 trading deadline, he was ranked as the Giants' top prospect. A max-effort pitcher armed with a plus fastball in the middle 90s and a good breaking pitch to offset it, he's shown improved command this year after tweaking his delivery. He's posted a career 3.49 ERA. In 2016, he jumped from Daytona (High A) to Louisville (Triple-A), combining to go 9-9 with a 3.76 ERA in 26 games, striking out 101 and walking 57 in 138 2/3 innings while allowing 153 hits. In 2015, he moved laterally between two High A stops before and after the trade, San Jose and Daytona, going 8-4 with a 3.23 ERA in 20 starts and limiting hitters to a .204 average, striking out 106 and walking 41 in 103 innings while allowing 77 hits. Mella, who was originally recalled on September 12 when his Pensacola team's post-season ended when they shared the Southern League championship due to Hurricane Irma, sat in the Reds bullpen for eight nights before finally seeing action on the ninth (okay, one of those nights was an off-night, but you get the picture).|