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Q&A with Oakland Athletics prospect Jeferson Mejia

Hard-throwing right-hander Jeferson Mejia suited up for the Vermont Lake Monsters in 2018.

Jeferson Mejia has spent two seasons with Vermont / Photo by Greg Bessette

Editor’s note: These interviews took place midseason, but personal circumstances prevented us from publishing them at the time of the interviews. We still wanted to share them even if they are a few months after the fact. Thank you!

Right at the trade deadline in 2017, the Oakland A’s acquired hard-throwing right-hander Jeferson Mejia from the Arizona Diamonbacks in exchange for infielder Adam Rosales. Mejia has spent his entire A’s tenure pitching for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. In 2018, he posted a 4.03 ERA and struck out 42 in 29 innings.

Donald Moore spoke with the native of the Dominican Republic during the season about his progress.

Donald Moore: How is everything going for you so far this year?
Jeferson Mejia: I’m doing good and everything is going great right now.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ballplayer?
JM: I throw good and like to win.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
JM: Nothing. I have been doing the same thing for a long time.
DM: You have been playing professional baseball for how many years now?
JM: It’s my sixth year playing baseball.
DM: How old were you when you originally signed your first contract to play professional baseball?
JM: 17 years old with the Cubs. It was amazing time.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
JM: Oakland
DM: Where are you originally from?
JM: The Dominican Republic.
DM: If there is one person that taught you the most about playing the game of baseball, who would that be?
JM: My pitching coach taught me everything about pitching .
DM: Who was your pitching coach?
JM: Edwardo Villacis
DM: Any off-season plans?
JM: Not right now. I’m focused on pitching for next year.
DM: Any hobbies?
JM: Always baseball. I love baseball.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball field?
JM: Nothing really.
DM: Thank you for taking your time to speak with me and the best of luck to you and your pitching career.
JM: Thank you.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Rene Hechabarria

    December 13, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Well at least he didn’t mention a skunk .

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