- Full name Jeferson Antonio Mejia
- Born 08/02/1994 in Santo Domingo Centro, Dominican Republic
- Profile Ht.: 6'7" / Wt.: 255 / Bats: R / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
Arizona's deal to send catcher Miguel Montero to the Cubs was largely viewed as a salary dump, but the trade netted them an intriguing but raw prospect in Mejia. Presumably old enough to sign in 2012 but ruled ineligible for one year due to issues with his age, Mejia finally inked a contract with the Cubs one year later for $850,000. He made his U.S. debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2014, where he was emerging as one of the Cubs' more intriguing arms, with club officials calling him a lottery ticket. Arizona got a pitcher who is all about arm strength and projection, improving his velocity and pitch location during the season. He's a big-bodied kid who delivers a mid- to high-90s fastball using an overthe- top delivery with downward plane and hard sink. His delivery is fairly clean, but he struggles with command, and his secondary pitches--a slurvy breaking ball and nascent changeup--are not yet ready for prime time. While he has an upside as a starter, Mejia has a long way to go and most likely will open 2015 in extended spring training.