Francisco Mejia
Francisco Mejia
24-Year-Old CatcherC
San Diego Padres
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Mejia still has a fair amount of his shine despite a 2018 trade from Cleveland and a finish outside the top 35 at the catcher position in 2019. The main reason he didn't earn more value was a lack of playing time, as he spent time in the minors, on the IL with knee and oblique issues and split duties with Austin Hedges when active. When on the field in 2019, Mejia was close to a league average offensive rate contributor. He was especially hot coming out of the break, slashing .309/.361/.527 over a 37-game stretch before the oblique injury popped up. We had seen a similarly torrid stretch from Mejia in September of 2018, and the next step will hopefully be finding a greater level of consistency and staying healthy for a prolonged stretch in 2020. He has a track record of posting K-rates in the teens in the minors, and even with Hedges still in town, Mejia could sneak into the C1 discussion. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $569,800 contract with the Padres in March of 2020.
Dropped from active roster
CSan Diego Padres  AAA
September 19, 2020
Mejia was optioned by the Padres on Saturday.
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The Padres simply didn't need Mejia, as they acquired both Austin Nola and Jason Castro while he was out for a month with a bruised left thumb. Nola presumably lines up as the team's starting catcher heading into next season, but Castro will be a free agent, so Mejia could earn a bench spot next year. He won't necessarily have the job locked down, though, as he hit just .077/.143/.179 in 42 plate appearances this season, dragging his career line down to .225/.282/.386 in 362 trips to the plate. Eric Hosmer returned from a fractured finger in a corresponding move.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+41%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+48%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .595 107 7 2 8 1 .225 .262 .333
Since 2018vs Right .719 241 31 10 24 0 .228 .295 .425
2020vs Left .250 12 0 0 0 0 .083 .083 .167
2020vs Right .352 30 5 1 2 0 .074 .167 .185
2019vs Left .700 65 4 1 4 1 .279 .323 .377
2019vs Right .773 179 23 7 18 0 .261 .313 .461
2018vs Left .510 30 3 1 4 0 .172 .200 .310
2018vs Right .757 32 3 2 4 0 .185 .313 .444
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+64%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+47%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .618 165 17 5 19 0 .205 .267 .351
Since 2018Away .736 183 21 7 13 1 .247 .301 .435
2020Home .417 18 3 1 2 0 .063 .167 .250
2020Away .255 24 2 0 0 0 .087 .125 .130
2019Home .673 119 13 3 13 0 .243 .286 .387
2019Away .831 125 14 5 9 1 .287 .344 .487
2018Home .500 28 1 1 4 0 .125 .250 .250
2018Away .733 34 5 2 4 0 .219 .265 .469
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Stat Review
How does Francisco Mejia compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.11
 
BB Rate
2.4%
 
K Rate
21.4%
 
BABIP
.069
 
ISO
.103
 
AVG
.077
 
OBP
.143
 
SLG
.179
 
OPS
.322
 
wOBA
.152
 
Exit Velocity
77.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.7%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Mejia remains a polarizing player for prospect evaluators. Most of the contention boils down to this: a disagreement as to whether or not Mejia can stick behind the plate. His bat should play anywhere on the field -- he's been well above league average with the bat at pretty much every stop -- but the bat would be far less exciting from a fantasy perspective at third base or a corner outfield spot than it would be at catcher. After arriving to the Pacific Coast League following a July trade from Cleveland, Mejia flexed with a .328/.364/.582 line. Mejia's K-rate jumped to 32.8% in his brief major-league sample with San Diego late in the year (58 PA), but he has a track record of posting marks in the mid-to-high-teens, so the bat-to-ball ability is not a huge concern. The Padres seem intent on giving Mejia every chance to stick at catcher, but remember Austin Hedges is there too. It's no lock that Mejia will even be the primary guy to start the season.
For the second year in a row, Mejia enters the year as the top catching prospect in baseball, according to the majority of outlets. He once again displayed excellent contact skills -- his strikeout rate in the minors has never been higher than 17.5 percent -- while posting his highest ISO (.193) since rookie ball. The overall offensive package could be very similar to prime Jonathan Lucroy. A decade ago, he would have been a cinch to stick behind the plate, but in this era of heightened importance on catcher defense, his shaky receiving and below-average pitch framing led to him getting assigned to the Arizona Fall League as a third baseman. He is listed at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, but is probably closer to 5-foot-9, which is why second base might actually make the most long-term sense, especially considering he might not have enough power for third base. So much of his long-term value is tied to him qualifying at catcher, and that is looking less and less likely.
The national spotlight was shown on Mejia when his hitting streak reached historic proportions (50 games) and he was brought up in reports of the nixed Jonathan Lucroy trade. Overall, Mejia hit for an .896 OPS between Low-A Lake County and High-A Lynchburg as a 20-year-old, establishing himself as one the top hitting catchers in the minor leagues. He put bat to ball with great consistency, striking out just 63 times in 443 plate appearances while flashing notable power. There are some growing concerns about his ability to stick behind the plate long-term, and while his bat would probably play at first base, his long-term keeper league appeal is tied closely with his current positional eligibility. If he sticks at catcher, he could eventually be a top-five fantasy option at the position.
Mejia’s tools remain in front of his production, but it is hard to hold that against him after he held his own over a full season as a 19-year-old at Low-A. In 109 games in the Midwest League the switch-hitting Dominican catcher belted nine home runs with four steals and a .243/.324/.345 slash line that was hampered slightly by a .281 BABIP. Considering how rare it is for a catcher to hit for a high average in the big leagues, the fact that Mejia probably projects to be a .240-.250 hitter is not a major issue. He could offer above average power thanks to quick-twitch reflexes, and he certainly has the arm to stick behind the plate. However, Mejia remains on a very slow track to the big leagues, and it could take him a couple seasons in the majors before he starts to tap into his potential at the plate, so the lead time is extreme.
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Returns from injured list
CSan Diego Padres  AAA
September 16, 2020
Mejia (thumb) was activated from the injured list Wednesday.
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Nearing return
CSan Diego Padres  AAA
Thumb
August 29, 2020
Mejia (thumb) has been hitting at the Padres' alternate training site and could be activated from the injured list in the near future, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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Lands on 10-day IL
CSan Diego Padres  AAA
Thumb
August 17, 2020
Mejia (thumb) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday.
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Dealing with left thumb injury
CSan Diego Padres  AAA
Thumb
August 17, 2020
Mejia is dealing with a left thumb contusion Monday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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Sitting out series finale
CSan Diego Padres  AAA
August 16, 2020
Mejia is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.
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