The Minnesota Twins have traded infielder Eduardo Nunez to the San Francisco Giants for pitching prospect Adalberto Mejia. Here's a look at the newest member of the Twins system as the club looks to rebuild.
Adalberto Mejia, LHP: Mejia was signed by the Giants as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2011. Originally listed at 6-2, 180, he ballooned up to 6-3, 240 by the beginning of 2015. He missed the first part of '15 serving a suspension for using a banned weight loss supplement and didn't look like his normal self on returning. Conditioning may always be an issue for him but he looks better this year and reports indicate he's worked hard to get into shape the right way. His official listed weight is currently 6-3, 195; the 195 may be optimistic but in any event he is in considerably better condition than last year and his performance has responded.
Mejia has made 18 starts this year combined between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento, posting a 2.81 ERA with a 101/27 K/BB in 106 innings, 90 hits allowed. During his physical issues last year his velocity was erratic, but this season he's worked consistently in the 90-94 range. Both his slider and change-up have shown improvement and his component ratios have all sharpened up this year.
He rated as a Grade C+ prospect pre-season; you can make a case for a B- right now. He should be ready for a major league trial soon, projecting as a number four starter with some chance to be a number three.