CLEVELAND, Ohio — There is generally a further tomorrow in baseball. And one particular right after that and one particular right after that.
As stable as the Indians’ setting up rotation seems to be right now, massive-league groups are generally getting ready for what is future. It is the motive the Indians place right-hander Jean Carlos Mejia on the 40-guy roster in November. At 6-5 and 240 kilos, the 22-year-outdated Mejia previously has the overall body of a starter.
“He’s an appealing youthful male,” claimed GM Mike Chernoff. “He experienced a excellent year in (Course A) Lake County past year. He’s a massive kid with a seriously excellent arsenal of pitches. You can see the potential, especially with the frame and arsenal his has, where by he could be a starter for us some day.
“You in no way know with a youthful player on what his developmental time frame will be. But with his potential as a starter, we experienced to make a final decision on him, and we did not want to depart him unprotected in the Rule 5 Draft. We felt it was the right time to make that final decision on him.”
Mejia spent most of past season at Lake County. He went 4-8 with a 3.13 Period in 17 game titles, which include 15 starts. He struck out 97 and walked 20 in 92 innings. The opposition slashed .241/.288/.347 towards him.
He throws a fastball that ranges 91-95 mph, with excellent movement on his curve and change. Last year he averaged 9.49 strikes and 1.96 walks for every nine innings.
The season begun slowly and gradually for Mejia as he missed six weeks with a sore right elbow from April 19-June 6. He ended his season by creating one particular start for Lynchburg, the Tribe’s advanced Course A group. For the season, right-handers hit .200 (44-for-220) with a .520 OPS.
Mejia is from the Dominican Republic. He grew up an Indians supporter and his beloved player was former Tribe right-hander Bartolo Colon. He’s from a town named Gasper Hernandez in the Dominican. Gasper Hernandez was a priest who performed a purpose in the Dominican Republic’s combat for independence with Haiti.
The Indians signed Mejia in 2013 as a free agent. He spent 3 several years in the Dominican Summer League, which is typically not a excellent signal for a prospect.
Mejia pitched for the Arizona Rookie League Indians and Course A Mahoning Valley in 2017, going 2- with nine saves. Last season was the initially time Mejia was utilised thoroughly as a starter.
Other Tribe prospective buyers who have been profiled this spring: