On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals made Alex Mejia the third member of the Arizona Wildcats’ 2012 National Championship team to reach the Major Leagues when they purchased his contract from Triple-A Memphis.
Three days later, in his second start, Mejia joined Rob Refsnyder and Joey Rickard in the hit column, notching his first base knock in the second inning of Saturday’s game against the Washington Nationals.
He also drove in his first Major League run with the full count, two-out single off of Gio Gonzalez.
He also got some reaction from a couple of his former coaches:
Congrats Alex Mejia on your first big league hit and RBI! #ifyoureopenshoot— Coach Andy Lopez (@CoachAndyLopez) July 1, 2017
Then in the 8th inning, Mejia went yard against Sammy Solis for his first career MLB home run thanks to 102 MPH exit velocity, resulting in a 390 foot blast.
Mejia also received a curtain call from the St. Louis fans. His dinger was the deciding run as the Cards downed the Nats 2-1.
In his limited time with the Cardinals, Mejia has not been playing his natural position of shortstop. Both of his starts have come at second base, and he also came in as a late-game replacement at third base. He played 70 games at short in the Minors this year compared to just two at second and one at third.
It will be interesting to see how Mejia will be used moving forward, but it’s obvious his versatility is a reason that the Cardinals decided to put him on the 40-man and in the lineup at this juncture.