D-backs release Humberto Mejia, Ryan Meisinger

The Diamondbacks released the right-handers Humberto Mejia and Ryan Meisinger of their Triple-A subsidiary in Reno yesterday, according to the transaction log on MiLB.com. Mejia was slated for assignment and outright Triple-A earlier this season. Meisinger signed a minor league deal at the end of spring training and has not appeared for the big league club this season.

Mejia, 25, was one of three players acquired in the 2020 swap deal that sent Starling Marte from Arizona to Miami. Lefties Caleb Smith and Julio Frias also landed in Arizona thanks to this deal, which was largely financially driven. The D-backs reportedly had no intention of taking Marte’s $12.5 million option for the 2021 season on the heels of a shortened 2020 roster with no gate revenue.

At the time of the trade, Mejia was an interesting name. He posted huge numbers across two Class A tiers in 2019 and, due to missing a minor league season in 2020, made a brief big league debut with Miami that summer. He opened the 2021 season with Arizona’s Double-A affiliate and threw reasonably well, recording a 4.22 ERA with much more impressive strikeout and walk rates, but Mejia was beaten in both Triple-A (86 2/3 innings, 6.23 ERA) and in the Majors (22 1/3 innings, 7.25 ERA) with the Diamondbacks. Mejia has solid strikeout and walking rates throughout his minor league career, but he’s also struggled with shoulder injuries and, since reaching the upper minors, he’s become a increasingly susceptible to home runs.

Meisinger, 28, is now part of five organizations since being selected by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 2015 draft. He has seen major league time at Baltimore (2018), St. Louis (2020) and with the Cubs (2021), but only had 31 total innings in the Majors. He was scored for a macabre 7.26 ERA in that stretch, thanks to his own home run issues as well as an inflated 13.8% walk rate.

Meisinger pitched 14 2/3 innings with Triple-A Reno this season and had 10 runs on 19 hits and seven walks with 16 strikeouts. It was a tough performance, but his broader Triple-A track record remains solid. Even with this year’s 6.14 ERA, Meisinger carries a lifetime mark of 3.37 in 117 2/3 innings in Triple-A and a 3.32 ERA in 81 1/3 Double-A frames. He’s stoked 29.7% of opponents throughout his minor league career against a solid 7.9% walk rate. Things clearly haven’t worked out with the D-backs organization, but his strong minor league track record might be worth looking elsewhere.

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