Francisco Mejia

Francisco Mejia

27-Year-Old CatcherC
Tampa Bay Rays
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Mejia is now with his third organization in four seasons, and it's clear he has the ceiling of a second catcher for a first-division club. Mejia has shown the ability to hit for average as a switch hitter, but the power has not yet made a consistent appearance which is why clubs are hoping he gets better defensively because the bat does not profile well as a cornerman. His defensive skills behind the plate are about league average, but at a time when clubs value pitch framing, it is the worst of the skills Mejia has behind the plate. It is why Tampa Bay exercised its option with Mike Zunino as Zunino does extremely well in this area. Mejia and Zunino have a symbiotic relationship as many believed Zunino had the season he did at the plate because Mejia's presence allowed Zunino to rest more frequently. Expect Mejia to continue to start 2-3 times a week depending on matchups in 2022. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#451
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$Signed a one-year, $1.46 million contract with the Rays in March of 2022.
Back from paternity list
CTampa Bay Rays
October 7, 2022
Mejia (personal) was activated from the paternity list Friday and is on the Rays' roster for the AL Wild Card Series against the Guardians, Steve Carney of StPeteNine.comreports.
ANALYSIS
The 26-year-old was placed on the paternity list Tuesday and will rejoin the team after spending a few days with his family. Mejia is on the bench for Game 1 in Cleveland on Friday with Christian Bethancourt starting behind the plate and batting seventh.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
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#7
#8
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3
10
16
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10
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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6
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5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+47%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+41%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .756 214 26 4 25 0 .291 .327 .429
Since 2020vs Right .615 404 42 9 43 0 .211 .258 .357
2022vs Left .833 87 12 1 15 0 .337 .345 .488
2022vs Right .566 212 20 5 16 0 .202 .231 .335
2021vs Left .749 115 14 3 10 0 .276 .339 .410
2021vs Right .731 162 17 3 25 0 .248 .311 .421
2020vs Left .250 12 0 0 0 0 .083 .083 .167
2020vs Right .352 30 5 1 2 0 .074 .167 .185
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+64%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .706 287 32 5 36 0 .266 .300 .406
Since 2020Away .628 331 36 8 32 0 .215 .267 .362
2022Home .715 134 13 2 16 0 .288 .291 .424
2022Away .586 165 19 4 15 0 .204 .242 .344
2021Home .732 135 16 2 18 0 .268 .326 .407
2021Away .744 142 15 4 17 0 .252 .319 .425
2020Home .417 18 3 1 2 0 .063 .167 .250
2020Away .255 24 2 0 0 0 .087 .125 .130
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.11
 
BB Rate
2.3%
 
K Rate
21.7%
 
BABIP
.292
 
ISO
.138
 
AVG
.242
 
OBP
.264
 
SLG
.381
 
OPS
.645
 
wOBA
.282
 
Exit Velocity
86.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
23.2%
 
Barrels/PA
2.0%
 
Expected BA
.242
 
Expected SLG
.329
 
Sprint Speed
22.1 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
36.9%
 
Line Drive %
24.4%
 
Fly Ball %
38.7%
 
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Mejia was supposed to be one of the next wave of catchers who could hit, but we are still waiting to see that at the major-league level. He has still yet to eclipse the 400 PA mark for his career, and owns a .225/.282/.386 slash line with a 24.0 K% over parts of four major-league seasons between his time in Cleveland and San Diego. This past season was one to forget for Mejia as he was relegated to a reserve role following the addition of Austin Nola, hit like a pitcher when he was at the plate and was ultimately dropped from the active roster Sept. 19. His average exit velocity fell from 89 mph to 82 mph last season, and he lacks the speed to turn that type of contact into a hit. He was a throw-in for the Rays in the Blake Snell trade, and given how much Tampa values pitch framing, he probably won't get enough plate appearances to be viable in fantasy until MLB institutes robo umpires.
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.
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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Lands on paternity list
CTampa Bay Rays
Personal
October 4, 2022
Mejia was placed on the paternity list Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Makes start at DH
CTampa Bay Rays
October 3, 2022
Mejia will serve as the Rays' designated hitter and No. 8 batter in Monday's game against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Not starting Wednesday
CTampa Bay Rays
September 28, 2022
Mejia isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Guardians.
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On bench Tuesday
CTampa Bay Rays
September 27, 2022
Mejia is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Guardians.
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Sitting Sunday
CTampa Bay Rays
September 25, 2022
Mejia is not in Sunday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
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