Prospect capsule: Francisco Mejia

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At the trade deadline during the 2016 season the Indians had a trade in place sending Francisco Mejia to Milwaukee in exchange for veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy. In order for the deal to complete Lucroy would have to wave his no trade clause which he declined to do. The result was probably the best failed trade in Indians history.

Mejia is currently the top prospect in the Indians organization. In 2016 Mejia had the longest minor league hitting streak in 62 years at 50 games. After dominating at high A Lake County in 2016 Mejia started the 2017 season with AA Akron. In 92 games with the Rubberducks he hit .297 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI. He struck out only 53 times in 383 plate appearances.  He was a September callup to the Indians and had two hits in 13 at bats. The switch hitter uses the entire field offensively and is developing into a decent power hitter. There has never been any question about his offensive ability.

Defensively Mejia is still a work in progress behind the plate. He threw out 30% of the would be base stealers last season at Akron. His arm strength has never been questioned. Mejia is still learning how to work pitchers behind the plate. The Indians decided to send him to the Arizona Fall League to work at third base.  They are not giving up on him as a catcher.  With Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez on the major league roster for the foreseeable future, Mejia’s quickest route to the Indians could be third base. He will most likely begin the 2018 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers.

 

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