- Full name Gabriel Augusto Mejia
- Born 07/30/1995 in Azua, Dominican Republic
- Profile Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 160 / Bats: R / Throws: R
Minor League Top Prospects
Arguably the most electrifying player in the AZL this summer, Mejia signed with the Indians for the bargain price of $15,000 in 2013. The switch-hitter was on target to break the league stolen base record of 40 before being promoted to short-season Mahoning Valley in mid-August. With top-of-the-scale speed and the ability to play center field, Mejia has a floor as at least a major league fourth outfielder. Despite his early departure, he still led the league in steals (34) and runs (41) and finished second in batting (.357) and on-base percentage (.438). Mejia "knows himself as a player and will utilize his speed," Indians manager Anthony Medrano said, and he consistently executes, bunting frequently and keeping the ball on the ground. He's a gap-to-gap hitter with just enough power to keep the outfielders from playing too shallow. Defensively, Mejia, who signed as a middle infielder, needs to improve his jumps and reads, and he took well to the Indians staff having him play a shallow center. At first he stole most of his bases on pure speed, but with more instruction he improved his jumps.