Jordan Mejia bio
Player: Jordan Mejia
Jersey Number: 24
School: Riverside (Calif.) Community College
Hometown: Riverside, Calif.
Height, Weight: 6-2, 190
Best Baseball Memory: Throwing a two-hitter to move my team on to Super Regionals.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Throwing 95 mph.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Aroldis Chapman because his body is long, and he still pumps cheddar.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My father because he has molded me into the man I am today.
Favorite Food: Bacon cheeseburger with pepper jack cheese.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Turkey sandwich with pepper jack cheese.
Off-field hobbies: Golfing, fishing, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.
Favorite Movie or Book: “The Sandlot.”
Jordan Mejia was ready to quit baseball after struggling to make his high school varsity team as a position player.
His dad talked him out of it.
“He actually told me to never quit,” Mejia said. “I was going to quit because I never made varsity until my senior year. I would come home crying. My dad told me if you quit once, you’ll quit again in your life.”
His dad helped him become a strong pitcher with discipline.
“I was grounded, and my dad made me do squats every other day, lift every day, crunches every day,” Mejia said. “After 3 1/2 months I hit 91 miles an hour. I still do that to this day.”
Mejia said he can squat 415 pounds now.
“My dad is a big influence on me,” he said. “I’ve always said I want to be famous in some way, but I never thought I’d be a professional baseball player. I went to an Angels game, and I remember calling my dad and saying I’m going to be a professional baseball player one day. Once I had a vision like that, I worked hard.”
Mejia finally made the varsity team his senior year then pitched for a summer club team. College scouts took notice.
“It was my velocity,” Mejia said. “I ended up hitting 91 in a high school game. I had some movement on my fastball. I have a low, three-quarter-arm angle. When I hit 91, they gave me an opportunity as a closer, and scouts saw that.”
He was recruited by Cal State-Fullerton, Fresno State, Long Beach State and the University of California-Riverside. He signed with Long Beach State and redshirted. He transferred to Riverside (Calif.) Community College and was 4-3 with a 2.04 ERA this past season. He allowed 13 earned runs and struck out 40 in 57 1/3 innings. Opponents hit .214 against him.
Mejia credits his junior college coaches for turning him into a successful pitcher and giving him an opportunity to play professional baseball.
“It’s overwhelming,” he said. “I try to keep quiet as much as I can. I was brought into the office and was told this game will humble me. I’m learning.
“I want to go out there and perform at the level I’ve evolved into. I don’t want to take a step back. I want to get a lot of innings and give myself a chance.”