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Monday, June 11, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: FRANCISCO MEJIA CATCHER CLEVELAND INDIANS

With the Cleveland Indians dealing with a slew of injuries throughout their batting order, they made a big move on paper to supply reinforcement when they promoted top catching prospect Francisco Mejia on Monday.  While Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez have done a decent enough job behind the plate to keep Mejia on the farm, the Indians were forced to make the move as both Perez and 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion are battling injuries.  Now as far as Mejia is concerned, he came into the 2018 season universally considered the top catching prospect in all of baseball as his pure hitting skills in the minors drew comparisons to Buster Posey as he hit .297 with 14 home runs in just 92 games at Double-A in 2017.  Alas, Mejia has taken a detour on his way to the majors as he has struggled badly at Triple-A almost from the start of the season as he goes into his promotion with just a .214 average and 4 home runs with 25 RBI in 50 games. The hitting struggles are shocking considering how good of an approach Mejia has shown previously but a spike in strikeouts has been the biggest issue since moving from Double-A in 2017 (13.8 K/9) to Triple-A this season (21.0).  Be that as it may, Mejia is still the future at the position which has been nothing but a complete wreck this season across fantasy baseball.  Unfortunately, Mejia is not likely going to stick around long as he should head back to the minors once Perez and Encarnacion are back from their day-to-day absence.  Despite this, Mejia deserves to remain a person of interest for all prospect hounds as we go through the summer and remainder of the season.  

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