Former Sahuarita, Pima and Arizona standout Ian Mejia drafted by the Atlanta Braves

Ian Mejia. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Former Sahuarita standout Ian Mejia was selected by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday during the 11th Round as the 335th pick. Mejia was previously drafted by the New York Mets in the 35th round of the 2018 Draft.

A Right-Handed Pitcher, Mejia was on the University of Arizona roster in 2019 before moving over to Pima where he had a 3-0 record and a 3.28 ERA. He then signed on with New Mexico State where he earned National Player of the Week honors in May of this spring and he helped lead the Aggies to a WAC championship and an NCAA tournament appearance. He collected nine strikeouts in seven innings of work in an extra-inning loss to Oregon State in the tournament.


Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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