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[4/26/2014] Nikkan Sports: Seibu Lions interested in Ernesto Mejia

by on Apr.26, 2014 @ 12:28 pm, under NPB

According to Nikkan Sports, the Seibu Lions are looking for offense and could be interested in twenty-eight-year-old Ernesto Mejia.

In terms of where he would play, he could spend time at both first base and designated hitter, since Takeya Nakamura is still recovering from back tightness. There may be more options if he can, or is willing to, play the outfield (he does have some limited experience).  But more than defense, the Lions may be attracted to the righty's offensive potential -- if he can hit in the middle of the order, he would extend the line-up and help take pressure off Nakamura.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2014

[UPDATE 4/27 @ 7:40pm]

The Braves have released Mejia so that he can sign with Seibu.  From MLB.com:

Despite producing good power numbers over the past few seasons in the Braves' Minor League system, Ernesto Mejia has not been widely viewed a Major League-caliber player. But Mejia will have a chance to make some money and improve his stock as he spends the rest of this year playing for Japan's Seibu Lions.

The Braves released Mejia from their 40-man roster on Saturday to allow him the chance to sign with Seibu. Specifics of Mejia's contract and the financial return the Braves will receive were not revealed.

Source: MLB.com 4/26/2014 via Sanspo 4/27/2014

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Career MiLB Stats

Year Age Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2005 19 GULF Rk ATL 44 166 157 21 35 4 0 7 22 0 1 3 42 .223 .259 .382 .641 60 3 5 0 1 0
2006 20 APPY Rk ATL 50 192 169 29 50 16 1 4 25 1 0 16 48 .296 .372 .473 .845 80 7 5 1 1 1
2007 21 APPY Rk ATL 29 123 109 17 37 8 2 5 24 6 0 6 24 .339 .390 .587 .977 64 3 5 0 3 0
2007 21 SALL A ATL 36 143 137 17 42 9 2 4 24 2 1 4 30 .307 .329 .489 .818 67 5 1 0 1 0
2008 22 CARL A+ ATL 131 565 519 93 142 47 5 21 93 2 4 28 139 .274 .324 .505 .829 262 23 13 0 5 2
2009 23 GULF Rk ATL 10 34 28 3 6 1 0 1 3 0 0 3 5 .214 .324 .357 .681 10 0 2 0 1 0
2009 23 CARL A+ ATL 17 67 58 8 17 7 0 3 12 0 1 4 16 .293 .358 .569 .927 33 2 3 0 2 0
2009 23 SOUL AA ATL 9 38 35 3 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 11 .229 .289 .229 .518 8 1 0 0 0 0
2010 24 CARL A+ KCR 43 188 170 25 49 13 2 5 21 0 0 14 41 .288 .340 .476 .817 81 6 1 0 3 0
2010 24 TL AA KCR 71 293 261 36 70 18 0 11 48 1 0 22 86 .268 .334 .464 .798 121 4 6 0 4 0
2011 25 SOUL AA ATL 137 573 499 82 148 37 1 26 99 4 3 58 156 .297 .375 .531 .906 265 10 9 0 7 6
2012 26 IL AAA ATL 133 559 514 73 152 32 1 24 92 10 4 34 132 .296 .347 .502 .849 258 14 8 0 3 2
2013 27 IL AAA ATL 134 551 489 58 122 35 1 28 83 8 2 48 152 .249 .323 .497 .820 243 12 8 0 6 3
2014 28 IL AAA ATL 20 88 79 12 28 5 0 7 24 0 0 7 22 .354 .420 .684 1.104 54 1 2 0 0 0
10 Seasons 864 3580 3224 477 906 232 15 146 572 34 16 250 904 .281 .342 .498 .840 1606 91 68 1 37 14