Humberto Mejia Q&A: Getting To Know The Marlins Prospect
Humberto Mejia, 22, split time between Clinton (low-A) and Jupiter (high-A), going 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 90.1 innings. Mejia was also named the Midwest League's top pitching prospect in our 2019 Minor League Best Tools series.
Justin Coleman: When did you start to play baseball? Is this something you always saw as a potential career?
Humberto Mejia: I started to play baseball at the age of three years old. When I was younger I didn’t view it in that fashion, but over the years I began to find out more about organized and professional baseball, and each day I became more interested professionally. I then realized that one of my dreams would be to make it to the big leagues.
Justin Coleman: Did you always think that you would sign with a team? What was the day like that you signed with Miami?
Humberto Mejia: I always had the faith that some day a team would express some kind of interest in me and that I could some day play professional baseball. The day I signed with Miami was one of the happiest days of my life because it was the start of my professional career, and ever since that day I have given one hundred percent of me in order to complete my goals and dreams.
Justin Coleman: What differences have you noticed when you got settled down here in the United States?
Humberto Mejia: I think that the differences I noticed when I became established here in the U.S. were mainly the amount of organization and attention that you have to put forth as a player. It inspires me to see players at higher levels, like those who were at high Class A (before me), and at that time I tell myself that I know that one day I can reach my goal of playing in the big leagues.
Justin Coleman: You’ve played at a bunch of levels in the minors. What has been the biggest adjustment for you?
Humberto Mejia: I haven’t been at all of the levels just yet, but one of the adjustments I’ve made for myself has been my mentality, my confidence, my focus and my desire to continue to grow each and every day.
Justin Coleman: Who has been an influence to you and what have they taught you?
Humberto Mejia: One of my major influences in my life have been my grandparents, my mom and my uncle, who have taught me to keep fighting for my dreams, to give everything I’ve got while staying positive and never giving up.
Justin Coleman: How would you describe your overall style of play?
Humberto Mejia: My style of play is based on always having fun and doing my best at all times, I have a great relationship with my teammates and we get along super well.
Justin Coleman: Up to this point, what has been your best memory in baseball?
Humberto Mejia: My favorite memory has been when the Yankees and the Marlins went to Panama to play two exhibition games in honor of Mariano Rivera and his retirement. It was extremely exciting when I was invited to be with the team (Miami) and share in the moment with people like that.
Justin Coleman: Besides making it to the big leagues, what are some of the things you hope to accomplish?
Humberto Mejia: I think it will be an unforgettable moment when I’m told that I get to play in the big leagues. The things I hope to accomplish are continuing doing everything I can, concentrating on my work and helping my team. I also want to continue getting along really well with my coaches and teammates while also winning as many games as possible, give what I can and help my team however possible.