Francisco Mejia San Diego Padres

Age: 23 (October 27, 1995) | 5' 10" | 180lbs. | Bats: Both C-10 DH-2 PH-9
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
CLE A 2015 109 391 45 95 38 78 13 0 9 53 4 1 .243 .324 .345 9 18 .281 n/a
CLE A 2016 60 239 41 83 15 39 17 3 7 51 1 0 .347 .384 .531 6 15 .388 n/a
CLE A+ 2016 42 168 22 56 13 24 12 1 4 29 1 2 .333 .380 .488 7 13 .366 n/a
CLE AA 2017 92 347 52 103 24 53 21 2 14 52 7 2 .297 .346 .490 6 14 .311 n/a
CLE AL 2017 11 13 1 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .154 .214 .154 7 21 .200 50/30/20 -0 -0
CLE AFL 2017 15 63 12 23 2 6 1 0 2 8 0 0 .365 .385 .476 3 9 .382 n/a
CLE AAA 2018 79 305 32 85 18 58 22 1 7 45 0 0 .279 .328 .426 5 18 .321 n/a
SD AAA 2018 31 122 22 40 7 25 8 1 7 23 0 0 .328 .364 .582 5 19 .359 n/a
CLE AL 2018 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 .500 0.00 50 0 0.00 50/50/0 -0 -0
SD NL 2018 20 54 6 10 3 19 2 0 3 8 0 0 .185 .241 .389 5 33 .219 54/14/31 1 1
Career 2yrs 32 69 7 12 6 22 2 0 3 9 0 0 .174 .250 .333 8 29 .205 n/a
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TRACK RECORD: Signed by the Indians for $350,000, Mejia rose to prominence in 2016 when he engineered a 50-game hit streak at the Class A levels, the longest in the modern era of the minor leagues. In desperate need of bullpen help, the Indians traded Mejia to the Padres for Brad Hand and Adam Cimber at the 2018 trade deadline. Mejia made his first Padres start Sept. 6 at Cincinnati and made a loud first impression, homering in his first two at-bats.

SCOUTING REPORT: The switch-hitting Mejia possesses elite-hand eye coordination that allows him to project as a plus hitter. He squares balls up in all parts of the strike zone and sometimes even outside of it, producing hard contact gap-to-gap. Mejia gets to his double-digit home run power more righthanded than left, but his premium bat speed makes him a threat from both sides. Mejia’s issue is he swings at absolutely everything. His ultra aggressiveness led to an 29 strikeout rate and weak contact against pitcher’s pitches, an unsustainable approach he’ll need to corral. Mejia has a bazaooka for a right arm and the athleticism to be a solid-average catcher, but he often lacks focus, resulting in numerous passed balls. In part because of his lack of reliability, the Indians experimented with Mejia at third base and left field.

THE FUTURE: Mejia will start in a timeshare with Austin Hedges behind the plate. Whether he eventually supplants Hedges will depend on how much his plate discipline and defensive focus improve.

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Fangraphs: WAR 0.0 Bat -2 Field 0 Run 0 HR/FB 27% Pull 57% Hard 35%
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Dec 16 '18