Francisco Mejia
23-Year-Old CatcherC
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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 will 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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018.
Rides pine Sunday
CSan Diego Padres
September 30, 2018
Mejia is not in the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Mejia has shown significantly more power against righties (.545 slugging percentage) than against lefties (.346 SLG) this season, so he'll head to the bench with southpaw Robbie Ray taking the hill for Arizona. Austin Hedges will replace him behind the dish for the season finale.
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Since 2016vs Left .480 36 3 1 4 0 .171 .194 .286
Since 2016vs Right .682 40 4 2 5 0 .176 .300 .382
2018vs Left .510 30 3 1 4 0 .172 .200 .310
2018vs Right .757 32 3 2 4 0 .185 .313 .444
2017vs Left .333 6 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
2017vs Right .393 8 1 0 1 0 .143 .250 .143
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2016Home .429 35 1 1 4 0 .100 .229 .200
Since 2016Away .704 41 6 2 5 0 .231 .268 .436
2018Home .500 28 1 1 4 0 .125 .250 .250
2018Away .733 34 5 2 4 0 .219 .265 .469
2017Home .143 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .143 .000
2017Away .571 7 1 0 1 0 .286 .286 .286
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Remains out Wednesday
CSan Diego Padres
September 26, 2018
Mejia is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Giants, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Takes seat Tuesday
CSan Diego Padres
September 25, 2018
Mejia is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Giants, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Seeing increased starts
CSan Diego Padres
September 25, 2018
Mejia went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Monday's 5-0 win over San Francisco.
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Smashes walkoff grand slam
CSan Diego Padres
September 17, 2018
Mejia went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Rangers.
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Homers twice in victory
CSan Diego Padres
September 6, 2018
Mejia went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Reds.
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