Skip to main content

You may not have noticed, but Adalberto Mejia has been pretty good

Over the last two months, Mejia has been very effective for the Twins.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios have been solid at the top half of the starting rotation for the Twins but Kyle Gibson, Hector Santiago, Phil Hughes have all been putrid for the majority of the season.

Rookie Adalberto Mejia is 4-4 this season with an ERA of 4.43 in 13 starts – but his numbers are a bit inflated, he's actually been a very effective pitcher over the last two months.

How good we talking?

After being demoted to Rochester in April, Mejia has turned things around since his recall. Take away a clunker against Seattle on June 12 and in nine of his past 10 starts, the southpaw has an ERA of 3.12.

He's dished out 40 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched during those nine effective starts too.

Can he get better?

Mejia's biggest problem this season has been handing batters free passes, as he's issuing 4.4 walks per nine innings this season. He also needs to limit the home runs too as he's been taken deep 11 times this season.

Last year we saw Berrios struggle with his control but after finding better command in 2017, he's been downright nasty. During Mejia's tenure in the minors, he didn't issue many walks – just 2.1 per nine innings – while averaging nearly eight strikeouts per nine innings.

If he can replicate those numbers at the major league level, now you're talking about a rotation that's starting to come together.

Biggest start coming up

The lefty will arguably make the biggest start of the year on Monday, when the Twins host the New York Yankees. New York owns one of the league's best offenses, which is anchored by talented rookie Aaron Judge, who already has 30 home runs.

If Mejia can quiet the Yankee bats while building upon a solid string of starts, his confidence will only continue to grow and Minnesota rotation will start to stabilize.

Next Up

minnesota river

Fishermen find body floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

The body was found upstream from Minnesota River Heritage Park.

Screen Shot 2022-06-25 at 11.01.17 AM

Woman breaks free after being kidnapped and taken to Brooklyn Park

The woman was taken by force as she arrived at her work in Plymouth.

image

How the fastest animal on the planet returned to MN after local extinction

The fastest animal on Earth had once vanished from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

image

St. Paul's new 'skate trail' brings non-traditional park to life

Gateway Park is the first of four parks to open in the Highland Bridge redevelopment.

FWDqyh6UEAENgIG

80 mph winds, large hail possible with severe storms in MN

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of the state until 3 a.m. Saturday.

290376311_5009722282489162_198055240351933487_n

30 people evacuated as flooding hammers small town

It's assumed that at least eight inches of rain fell in Randall, with more heavy rain expected Friday night into Saturday morning.

Intersection in Rochester.

Boy dies in motorcycle crash in Rochester

Police are investigating as of Friday afternoon.

Tab2FileL (13)

Numerous severe storms likely in Minnesota Friday night

Watch the video for the full details with meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.

court room

Teen pleads guilty in shooting death of 15-year-old girl in Columbia Heights

Damico Jamal-Tokyo High will receive a sentence in juvenile court, along with an adult prison sentence.

Related

You may not have noticed, but Adalberto Mejia has been pretty good

Over the last two months, Mejia has been very effective for the Twins.

Watch: Twins pitcher Adalberto Mejia was awesome against St. Louis

The competition for a spot in the Twins rotation appears to be heating up.

Watch: Twins pitcher Adalberto Mejia was awesome against St. Louis

The competition for a spot in the Twins rotation appears to be heating up.

Twins are getting trade interest in 2 of their best pitchers, report says

Should the Twins consider trading away two of their top arms?

Twins are getting trade interest in 2 of their best pitchers, report says

Should the Twins consider trading away two of their top arms?