Meet Alex Mejia

*As March approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2013 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with the affiliation change it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer, if not opening day then sometime during 2013. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2011 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in Batavia, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2012.*

So far you have met Patrick WisdomSteve BeanCarson Kelly and Tim Cooney. Today meet an infielder the Cardinals drafted in the fourth round in 2012: Alex Mejia. As you’ll read, Mejia was injured last July and I couldn’t find a status update on him heading into spring training. Hopefully he is healing well and on schedule to be in Peoria sometime this summer.

INF Alex Mejia Ht: 6’1    Wt: 200    Bats: R   Throws: R  DOB: 1/18/91

Residence: Sylmar, CA

Acquired: Drafted in 4th round (150th overall) in 2012 

School: University of Arizona

 Professional

  • 2012: Made his pro debut for Batavia on July 6 and was 0-for-3
  • Played in 23 games in the New York-Penn League and hit .250 with one homer, five doubles and seven RBI
  • Hit his first pro home run on July 18 at Jamestown
  • Drove in two runs on July 15 at Aberdeen for his first multi-RBI game
  • Hit safely in four straight games three different times
  • Hit .268 against RHP
  • Batted in the leadoff spot in all 22 of his starts
  • Committed just three errors at shortstop in 22 games
  • Tore his ACL running the bases and did not play after July 31

 College

  • 2012: Won the College World Series with the Wildcats
  • Named the Pac-12 Player of the Year hitting .357 in 65 starts with three homers, 12 doubles, six triple, 54 runs scored and 54 RBI
  • Struck out just 22 times in 272 at-bats with 14 walks and eight steals
  • Hit .407 in six post-season games with three extra-base hits, six RBI and five runs scored
  • Had two hits and a RBI in the two-game sweep of South Carolina in the CWS Finals
  • Also named the 2012 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and a Louisville Slugger All-American
  • Highest Wildcat drafted in 2012
  • Cardinals selected Arizona ace Kurt Heyer two rounds later.
  • 2011: Started all 60 games and was named All-Pac-10 first team after hitting .335 to finish eighth in the league batting race
  • Named to the College Station Regional All-Tournament Team with four hits and three RBI
  • 2010: Hit .319 in 57 games with one homer, 13 doubles, 36 RBI and 32 runs scored as a freshman
  • Hit first college homer against New Mexico on March 24
  • Drove in four against New Mexico March 24 and also against Baylor on June 4

High School 

  • Played at El Camino Real High School in Sylmar, CA
  • Named second team All-City as a senior hitting .368 with 17 runs scored, 17 RBI, six doubles and one home run
  • Father Carlo was an All-American third baseman at Pepperdine in 1975
  • Sisters Bianca and Krystal played softball at Long Island University and Bianca played professionally for the Tennessee Diamonds
  • Cousin of Milwaukee Brewer pitcher Marco Estrada
  • Among the alums of El Camino Real HS are actors Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Christopher Knight The Brady Bunch) and America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), MLB players Randy Wolf, Conor Jackson, Ryan Lavarnway and NFL player Jamal Anderson

Professional Career Highs

Hits: 3, three times, last July 27 vs. Brooklyn
Runs: 2, twice, last on July 29 vs. Staten Island
Home Runs: 1, July 23 at Princeton
RBI: 2, July 15 at Aberdeen
2b: 1, many times
3b: none
bb: 1, many times
K: 2, July 19 at Auburn
sb: 1, July 27 vs. Brooklyn
Hit Streak: 4, last July 26-29

Check back on Friday for a look at another potential Chiefs player for 2013.

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