Alving Mejias bio
Player: Alving Mejias
Jersey Number: 30
Hometown: Maracaibo, Venezuela
Height, Weight: 6-0, 192
Best Baseball Memory: When I threw a no-hitter vs. Mexico in 2007 with the Venezuela team.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Making the Venezuela team in 2007 and signing with the Rockies in 2008.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Roger Clemens because he’s so aggressive.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My parents. They work hard all their life.
Favorite Food: Cornbread, hamburger.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Rice, beans and chicken.
Off-field hobbies: Relaxing, watching movies and spending time with family.
Favorite Movie or Book: “Fast and the Furious” and “Man on Fire.”
When Alving Mejias had an opportunity to play on a Venezuelan select team, he realized his dream could come true.
“I had a good experience there,” Mejias said. “I developed my arm really good and competed.
“When I finished the tournament and came back to my home, I say, I can play in professional baseball.”
He signed with the Rockies in November 2008 when he was 16 years old.
Mejias started in the Dominican Summer League in 2009, made the All-Star team and finished 5-1 with a 1.24 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings.
He was promoted to Casper, Wyo., in 2010. He was 6-5 with a 6.81 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings.
“It was a little different (going to Casper),” Mejias said. “The Dominican guys were the same age as me. My first year in Casper, there were players 20 years old. It was a little different experience. I learn more about baseball.”
He returned to Casper last season, but pitched in relief, going 0-2 with a 7.49 ERA.
Mejias will play with the same club again this season, but in a new location: Grand Junction.
“I feel really good,” Mejias said. “The city has good people that try to help us. I think we are going to be good this year. My goal is to help the team to win.”
Although Mejias is far away from his family and friends, he knows he’s living a dream, and his family supports him.
“My family is proud of me because I play professional ball,” Mejias said. “They say to me, ‘We are here to try to help you. If you need something we will try to help you out.’ They want to see me in the big leagues.”