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Monday, March 12, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: FRANCISCO MEJIA TRYING TO MAKE IT AS OUTFIELDER?

While the hype has not gotten anywhere near out of hand like with Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna, Cleveland Indians top catching prospect Francisco Mejia is a guy who carries a lot of interest in the fantasy baseball community due to tremendous skills as a hitter while donning the tools of ignorance.  Drawing comparisons to Buster Posey, Mejia firmly put himself in the discussion for prospects to be aware of for 2018 fantasy baseball when he went out and batted .297 with 14 home runs in just 383 at-bats at Double-A a year ago at the age of 22.  With a K/9 rate of just 13.8 at that level, Mejia was already showing incredibly rare contact skills for a catcher and the look of someone who can bat .300 a the major league level with some developing pop.  Alas, the outlook for Mejia in terms of making the Cleveland Indians out of spring training was not looking good since they already have two serviceable backstops on the roster but that hasn't stopped the team from getting creative here in the hopes of finding a way to bring the kid north when the games begin to count.  Already Mejia has served a stint in the Arizona Fall League at third base (that did not go well) and Monday we learned the Indians will now have him work in the outfield as the next step in this process.  Now Mejia is far from a guarantee to make it as an outfielder given how rough the third base experiment went but at least the Indians are doing what they can to speed up the major league arrival for him.  This is potentially big news as Mejia would instantly become a top tier fantasy baseball prospect for 2018 if he can either make the team out of camp or get a promotion during the first half of the season.  We all know the bat is ready to go and so Mejia should continue to be drafted in all leagues as a proactive move in fantasy baseball.  The kid can hit so well that he would be wasting away in the minors if he had to spend another year there.  So while Mejia just carries UTIL eligibility in Yahoo Leagues, we can see him getting enough work behind the dish here or there to gain the "C" (especially those leagues that use 5-10 games as a baseline) to make him well worth drafting this spring.  


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