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Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: FRANCISCO MEJIA CATCHER CLEVELAND INDIANS

When it comes to the game of fantasy baseball, few developments whet the sleeper appetite of the community more than a catcher who can swing the bat at a high level.  Think about the hype that followed Carlos Santana, Matt Wieters, or Buster Posey to the majors.  These three became instant targets of the fantasy baseball community and their drafts stocks exploded in the spring of their promotion years given their perceived upside.  Well the same is likely to be true this spring of Cleveland Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia and that hype seems well-deserved given the extremely smooth swing and developing power the kid possesses.  One only has to look at Mejia's 2017 numbers at Double-Where he hit .297 with 14 home runs and 7 stolen bases in 383 at-bats.  While Mejia got a very late look-see with the Indians at the end of the year, he has a very good chance to break camp with the team or at the very least be up by the middle of May.  When that happens, look out.

Digging into Mejia's approach a bit more, it is easy to see why he already is a plus average/power hitter.  Mejia is a terrific contact hitter already as he showed in posting a ridiculously great 13.8 K/9 at Double-A last season and that alone means a string of .300 averages are going to be likely when he reaches the majors.  In addition, Mejia has power that is really beginning to take off as we saw last season on the farm.  Having only turned 22 this past October, Mejia has massive upside that makes him well worth using a late/middle round draft pick on this spring.  Very rarely do catchers who can hit like Mejia come down the prospect pike and so this is a big actionable move to take.  We are not saying Mejia will be a star in 2018 but his approach is so high-end already that the numbers will flow in short order.  The kid will be a good one and real soon.

2018 PROJECTION:  .295 14 HR 57 RBI 63 R 5 SB  

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