Mejia is hitting .308 with 22 home runs and 75 RBIs this season, and boasts a .548 slugging percentage. He has taken on a role as one of the most consistent hitters in the Gwinnett lineup and has provided stability to the middle of the lineup throughout the season. The All Star said that he wants to continue to improve in every aspect of his game.
"I've been working in the cage every day trying to do the same thing every day," Mejia said. "I've been working out more every day during the season in the weight room and that's really been helping me to keep from getting tired."
Mejia said that he has been trying to keep his everyday routine consistent and is only worried about making minor adjustments to his mechanics.
"I just want to keep hitting the ball hard to the opposite field. I'm trying to keep my hands inside the ball and keep doing what I'm doing," Mejia said.
Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage has been happy with how Mejia has performed this season. Brundage said that Mejia has been one of the most reliable players in his lineup all year.
"He's swinging the bat," Brundage said. "He's our most consistent hitter and he's solidified the middle of the lineup. He's already raised some eyebrows up here and he's much better than I ever anticipated."
Gwinnett hitting coach Jamie Dismuke agreed that Mejia has been performing well this season, especially at the plate.
"This was my first year seeing Ernie [Mejia] and he's solid, both offensively and defensively. He's big and he moves well, that's the surprising thing," Dismuke said.
Mejia's offensive numbers do not come as a big shock after the huge year he had at the plate in Mississippi last season. Instead it has been Mejia's defense that has been turning heads.
Mejia has made only five errors in 105 games this season, which is no easy task for someone standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 245 pounds.
"I think my defense has been great this season," Mejia said. "I've been moving my feet better which is what the Braves want me to do and I've been taking ground balls every day to keep it up."
"He's a big man that moves well. He's improved thoroughly and he takes pride in his defense, not just in his offense," Brundage said.
After overcoming multiple knee surgeries in his career, it seems that they only thing that can stop Mejia is himself. The only area that Mejia has struggled in, if at all, is coming through in the clutch.
"I haven't done that well with the bases loaded. I'm just trying not to do too much and stay aggressive," Mejia said.
"He needs to work more of the mental side of his game," Brundage said. "He's a maturing 26 year old and he needs to improve as a player and stop getting into mental highs and lows.
"He's his own worst enemy and he's hard on himself. He expects to get a hit every time and he needs to understand that some of the best players only get a hit three out of every ten tries. He needs to focus on not bringing himself down."
Mejia is showing no signs of slowing down as long as he can keep his self criticism to a manageable level. His work ethic has led to him becoming one of the premier power hitters in Triple-A ball and he is only continuing to improve.
"I'm trying to improve everything," Mejia said. "I'm just trying to everything the same every day and keep doing what I'm doing."
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