MEJIA, NATANAEL

Position: Catcher

DOB: July 10, 1992

Height: 6’0″ / Weight: 175

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (November 13, 2010)

Profile:  Signed by the Brewers out of the Dominican Republic back in 2010, Mejia spent his first three seasons playing in the Dominican Summer League before finally making his way stateside in 2014.  He appeared in 25 games with Helena that season, then spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons at Class-A Wisconsin.  He spent the 2017 season at Double-A Biloxi, bouncing back-and-forth between the Shuckers active roster and Helena’s paper roster, but appeared in just one game all season long.  With a sturdy build behind the plate, Mejia is a defense first catcher who does a good job of handling pitchers and controlling the running game, but he doesn’t provide much with the bat.  With a .214 career average, Mejia’s offensive production has been limited at best and given his lack of playing time during his seven years in the Brewers organization it’s hard to get a feel for his game, though he might make a fine coach someday.

2011:  After signing with Milwaukee the previous winter, Mejia appeared in 25 games for the Dominican Summer League Brewers in 2011.  In 73 at-bats, he hit just .151 with a pair of doubles but was outstanding behind the plate, cutting down a whopping 68% of potential base stealers.

2012:  Mejia returned to the DSL for a second season in 2012 and wound up playing in 27 games.  He showed improvements at the plate, batting .262 with his first home run as a pro and again was solid defensively, throwing out 13 of the 38 runners who tried to steal on him.

2013:  The Brewers opted to have Mejia head back to the Dominican Summer League for a third consecutive season in 2013 and he turned in his best all-around season.  In 35 games he hit .253/.330/.407 with five doubles and three home runs while cutting down 39% of runners trying to steal.

2014:  After three seasons in the Dominican Summer League, Mejia finally made his was stateside in 2014, joining Helena in the Pioneer League.  He saw action in 25 games there, hitting .215/.260/.269 with two doubles, a home run and 11 runs batted in.

2015:  Mejia got his first taste of full season ball in 2015 as he was sent to Class-A Wisconsin, serving as the team’s third catcher.  He played in just 21 games  and wound up hitting .237, collecting 14 hits in 59 at-bats for the Timber Rattlers.

2016:  Returning to Wisconsin for a second season in 2016, Mejia saw even less playing time behind the catching duo of Max McDowell and Mitch Ghelfi, a pair of Midwest League All-Stars.  As a result of their presence, Mejia appeared in only nine games, going 3-for-30.

2017:  Mejia jumped from Wisconsin to Double-A Biloxi in 2017, but again found himself further down on the depth chart, working mainly as a bullpen catcher.  He saw action in just one game for the Shuckers, going 0-for-1 with a strikeout in his only at-bat of the season.