FRANCISCO Jose MEJIA
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   C
Home: N/A Team:   RAYS
Height: 5' 10" Bats:   S
Weight: 180 Throws:   R
DOB: 10/27/1995 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 27  
Birth City: Bani, D.R.
Draft: 2012 - Indians - Free agent - Out of the D.R.
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2013 AZL AZL-Indians   30 105 16 32 9 1 4 24 3 1 5 18 .348 .524 .305
2014 NYP MAHONING VALLEY   7 29 2 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 7 .194 .138 .138
2015 MWL LAKE COUNTY   109 391 45 95 13 0 9 53 4 1 38 78 .324 .345 .243
2016 CAR LYNCHBURG   42 168 22 56 12 1 4 29 1 2 13 24 .380 .488 .333
2016 MWL LAKE COUNTY   60 239 41 83 17 3 7 51 1 0 15 39 .384 .531 .347
2017 EL AKRON   92 347 52 103 21 2 14 52 7 2 24 53 .346 .490 .297
2017 AL INDIANS   11 13 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 .214 .154 .154
2018 PCL EL PASO   31 122 22 40 8 1 7 23 0 0 7 25 .364 .582 .328
2018 IL COLUMBUS   79 305 32 85 22 1 7 45 0 0 18 58 .328 .426 .279
2018 NL INDIANS   1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .500 .000 .000
2018 NL PADRES   20 54 6 10 2 0 3 8 0 0 3 19 .241 .389 .185
2019 PCL EL PASO   18 63 14 23 8 2 4 12 0 0 5 10 .411 .746 .365
2019 NL PADRES $556.00 79 226 27 60 11 2 8 22 1 1 13 56 .316 .438 .265
2020 NL PADRES $183.00 17 39 5 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 9 .143 .179 .077
Personal
  • Mejia CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> small CLASS="highlight"> stature, CLASS="highlight"> weighing CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> 155 CLASS="highlight"> pounds CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> standing CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> 5-foot-8 CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Indians on CLASS="highlight"> July CLASS="highlight"> 2, CLASS="highlight"> 2012. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    But CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> that, CLASS="highlight"> Rafael CLASS="highlight"> Castillo, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Dominican CLASS="highlight"> Republic CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> academy CLASS="highlight"> La CLASS="highlight"> Academia, CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> Francisco CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> aside CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> gave CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> advice.

    Castillo's CLASS="highlight"> message CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> simple. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> instructed CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 16-year-old CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> begin CLASS="highlight"> learning CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> lefthanded. CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> already CLASS="highlight"> proficient CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> righthanded CLASS="highlight"> hitter. CLASS="highlight"> Castillo's CLASS="highlight"> instructions CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> learn CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> side CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plate CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> better CLASS="highlight"> opportunity CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> advance CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> baseball.

    Mejia CLASS="highlight"> immediately CLASS="highlight"> began CLASS="highlight"> learning CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> side CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plate. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> advice CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> certainly CLASS="highlight"> paying CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> later CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> catcher. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    "That CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> manager," CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> decision CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> start CLASS="highlight"> switch-hitting. CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> 'You CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> talent CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> sides CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plate. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> swing CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> sides CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plate. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">' CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> pushed CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> 'If CLASS="highlight"> you're CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> switch-hitter, CLASS="highlight"> you've CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> better CLASS="highlight"> chance CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> hits CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> you've CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> chance CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> better CLASS="highlight"> player.'"

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2014, CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 12th-best CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> organization. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> moved CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> #7 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> winter CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> training, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> #10 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2016. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> moved CLASS="highlight"> Francisco CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> #1 CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> organization CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2017. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> #1 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2018. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> #4 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2019.

  • Francisco CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> youngest CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> New CLASS="highlight"> York-Penn CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2014. CLASS="highlight"> Same CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> MWL CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2015.

    “Playing CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> 19 CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> (2015), CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Midwest CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> challenge CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Francisco,” CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> farm CLASS="highlight"> director CLASS="highlight"> Carter CLASS="highlight"> Hawkins CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “He CLASS="highlight"> held CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> having CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> repeat CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> level CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> mental CLASS="highlight"> challenge CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> handled CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> better.

    “He CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> seeing CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> consistent CLASS="highlight"> routine CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> approach CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> maximize CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> talent, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> impacting CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> sides CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ball.”

  • Mejia CLASS="highlight"> idolizes CLASS="highlight"> Carlos CLASS="highlight"> Santana CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> frequently CLASS="highlight"> draws CLASS="highlight"> comparisons CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> switch-hitting CLASS="highlight"> catching CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> system.

    ALL-STAR CLASS="highlight"> GAMES

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2016, CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> represent CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> SiriusXM CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> Futures CLASS="highlight"> Game.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2017, CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> represented CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> Futures CLASS="highlight"> game.
  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2018, CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> represented CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> Futures CLASS="highlight"> game.

  • During CLASS="highlight"> 2017 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> training, CLASS="highlight"> Francisco CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> opportunities CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> impressed CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> bosses. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> switch-hitter CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> step CLASS="highlight"> forward CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> camp.

    “His CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> here CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> him,” CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> manager Terry CLASS="highlight"> Francona said. CLASS="highlight"> “He CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> (catching CLASS="highlight"> instructor) Sandy CLASS="highlight"> (Alomar CLASS="highlight"> Jr.), CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> catch CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> pitchers.

    “Though CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> development CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> knows CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> skills CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> translate CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> team.”

    Last CLASS="highlight"> July, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> appeared CLASS="highlight"> doubtful CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> camp CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2017. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> agreed-upon CLASS="highlight"> package CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> prospects CLASS="highlight"> Cleveland CLASS="highlight"> intended CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> trade CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Brewers CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> catcher CLASS="highlight"> Jonathan CLASS="highlight"> Lucroy CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> Lucroy CLASS="highlight"> vetoed CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> deal.

    At CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> near-trade CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> middle CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> became CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 50-game CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> streak CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> bracketed CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> low CLASS="highlight"> Class CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> Lake CLASS="highlight"> County CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> Class CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> Lynchburg. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> streak CLASS="highlight"> represents CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> longest CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> minor CLASS="highlight"> leagues CLASS="highlight"> reorganized CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 1963.

    Mejia CLASS="highlight"> impressed CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Terry Francona CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> makeup CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> demeanor.

    “He CLASS="highlight"> wasn’t CLASS="highlight"> giving CLASS="highlight"> any CLASS="highlight"> ground,” CLASS="highlight"> Francona CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “We CLASS="highlight"> tell CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> there’s CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> respectful CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> veterans, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> starts CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> don’t CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> anyone. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">" (Jim CLASS="highlight"> Ingraham CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 4/21/2017)

  • MLB CLASS="highlight"> debut CLASS="highlight"> (Sept. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> 5, CLASS="highlight"> 2018): CLASS="highlight"> Mejia's CLASS="highlight"> debut CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pinch-hitter. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> struck CLASS="highlight"> out. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">
  • Francisco CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> realize CLASS="highlight"> he'd CLASS="highlight"> registered CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> RBI CLASS="highlight"> until CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> standing CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> base. CLASS="highlight"> All CLASS="highlight"> he'd CLASS="highlight"> heard CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first-base CLASS="highlight"> coach, CLASS="highlight"> Sandy CLASS="highlight"> Alomar CLASS="highlight"> Jr., CLASS="highlight"> imploring CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> head CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> second.

    Then CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> heard CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> loud CLASS="highlight"> cheers CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> dugout CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 5-3 CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> White CLASS="highlight"> Sox CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Guaranteed CLASS="highlight"> Rate CLASS="highlight"> Field. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    Mejia's CLASS="highlight"> sharply CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> liner CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> middle CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> diamond CLASS="highlight"> sped CLASS="highlight"> past CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> gloves CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> pitcher CLASS="highlight"> James CLASS="highlight"> Shields CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> shortstop CLASS="highlight"> Tim CLASS="highlight"> Anderson, CLASS="highlight"> driving CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fourth CLASS="highlight"> inning CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Cleveland's CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> White CLASS="highlight"> Sox—the CLASS="highlight"> club's CLASS="highlight"> 12th CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> row, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> longest CLASS="highlight"> such CLASS="highlight"> streak CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2017.

    "In CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> midst CLASS="highlight"> of, CLASS="highlight"> we're CLASS="highlight"> probably CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Game CLASS="highlight"> 135 CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> something, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> standing CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> tired CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> reacting CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> that, CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> cool," CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Terry CLASS="highlight"> Francona CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> dugout CLASS="highlight"> celebration. CLASS="highlight">  

    Mejia, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> kept CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ball CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mother, CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> allow CLASS="highlight"> himself CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> celebrate CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> accomplishment CLASS="highlight"> until CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> celebration CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> thrust CLASS="highlight"> upon CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> postgame. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> received CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> works: CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> shower CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> included CLASS="highlight"> milk, CLASS="highlight"> peanut CLASS="highlight"> butter, CLASS="highlight"> "everything," CLASS="highlight"> according CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Mejia. CLASS="highlight">  (Ardaya CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 9/4/17)

  • At CLASS="highlight"> Spring CLASS="highlight"> Training CLASS="highlight"> 2018, CLASS="highlight"> Francisco CLASS="highlight"> estimated CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> decade CLASS="highlight"> ago CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> encountered CLASS="highlight"> Jose CLASS="highlight"> Ramirez. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Mejia's CLASS="highlight"> weekend CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Bani, CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> shared CLASS="highlight"> hometown CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dominican CLASS="highlight"> Republic. CLASS="highlight"> Ramirez CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> shortstop CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> stepped CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plate.

    "He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> player," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Mejia. CLASS="highlight"> "They CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Bani."

    Now, CLASS="highlight"> Ramirez CLASS="highlight"> acts CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> brother CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Cleveland's CLASS="highlight"> clubhouse. CLASS="highlight"> Mejia's CLASS="highlight"> locker CLASS="highlight"> inside CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Indians' CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> complex CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> stall CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> room's CLASS="highlight"> entrance. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> gives CLASS="highlight"> Ramirez CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> chance CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> mess CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> going. CLASS="highlight"> On CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> recent CLASS="highlight"> morning, CLASS="highlight"> Ramirez CLASS="highlight"> wrapped CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> arm CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> catcher CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> pulled CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> chair CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> watch CLASS="highlight"> video CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> him.

    During CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Spring CLASS="highlight"> Training CLASS="highlight"> interview, CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> began CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> answer CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> reporter's CLASS="highlight"> questions, CLASS="highlight"> Ramirez CLASS="highlight"> leaned CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> white CLASS="highlight"> cinder-block CLASS="highlight"> wall CLASS="highlight"> next CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> catcher's CLASS="highlight"> locker. CLASS="highlight"> Ramirez CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> arms CLASS="highlight"> folded CLASS="highlight"> across CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> chest CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> wore CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> serious CLASS="highlight"> expression CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> awaited CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> rookie's CLASS="highlight"> responses. CLASS="highlight"> Cleveland's CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> baseman CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> jokingly CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> whether CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> supervising CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> interview.

    "No CLASS="highlight"> cualquier CLASS="highlight"> supervisor," CLASS="highlight"> Ramirez CLASS="highlight"> fired CLASS="highlight"> back.  CLASS="highlight"> Not CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> any CLASS="highlight"> supervisor.  CLASS="highlight"> No, CLASS="highlight"> Ramirez CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> becoming CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Mejia.

    Ramirez CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> become CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> mentor CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Mejia. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Bani CLASS="highlight"> Brothers CLASS="highlight"> spend CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> together CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> complex CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> often CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> daily CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> done CLASS="highlight"> side CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> side. CLASS="highlight"> Ramirez CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> swing CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> Mejia's CLASS="highlight"> locker CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> tell CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> join CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> batting CLASS="highlight"> cage CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> video CLASS="highlight"> room.

    "He's CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> here," CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> smile. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> whatever CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do." 

    Ramirez's CLASS="highlight"> description CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hitter CLASS="highlight"> hardly CLASS="highlight"> needed CLASS="highlight"> translating.  CLASS="highlight"> "Tremendo CLASS="highlight"> bateador," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Ramirez.

    Ramirez CLASS="highlight"> continued CLASS="highlight"> on.  CLASS="highlight"> "Obviously, CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> guy," CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> via CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> translator. CLASS="highlight"> "And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> maturing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> adjustments CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> needs CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make. CLASS="highlight"> But, CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> I've CLASS="highlight"> seen, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best."  CLASS="highlight"> (Bastian CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 2/28/18)

  • Long CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> Francisco CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> traded, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Padres' CLASS="highlight"> front CLASS="highlight"> office CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> already CLASS="highlight"> zeroed CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 22-year-old CLASS="highlight"> backstop. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> loved CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> bat, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> felt CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> star CLASS="highlight"> behind CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plate, CLASS="highlight"> too. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game's CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> catching CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> wouldn't CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> cheap.

    In CLASS="highlight"> late CLASS="highlight"> July CLASS="highlight"> 2018, CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> struck CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> deal, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> relievers CLASS="highlight"> Brad CLASS="highlight"> Hand CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Adam CLASS="highlight"> Cimber CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Cleveland. CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Diego CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> its CLASS="highlight"> man. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> start CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> Mejia's CLASS="highlight"> Padres CLASS="highlight"> tenure, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> easy CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> why CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> club CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> enamored CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> place.

    Mejia CLASS="highlight"> homered CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> plate CLASS="highlight"> appearances CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 6-2 CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Diego CLASS="highlight"> victory CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Cincinnati. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> became CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> Padres CLASS="highlight"> hitter CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> franchise CLASS="highlight"> history CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> deep CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> at-bats CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> start CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Diego.

    "It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> emotional," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Mejia, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> promoted CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> struck CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pinch-hit CLASS="highlight"> at-bat CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> night CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Arizona. CLASS="highlight"> "Every CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plate, CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> looking CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> pitch CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> drive." CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> nights CLASS="highlight"> later.

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  • 2019 CLASS="highlight"> Season: CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> spent CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Padres, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> showed CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> worthy CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> rankings CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> received. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> 79 CLASS="highlight"> games, CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> .265 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> eight CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 22 CLASS="highlight"> RBI’s. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    TRANSACTIONS

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 2012: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> free CLASS="highlight"> agent, CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> D.R. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> received CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bonus CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> $350,000. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> scout CLASS="highlight"> Ramon CLASS="highlight"> Pena.

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 19, CLASS="highlight"> 2018: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> acquired CLASS="highlight"> reliever CLASS="highlight"> Brad CLASS="highlight"> Hand CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> righthanded CLASS="highlight"> reliever CLASS="highlight"> Adam CLASS="highlight"> Cimber CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Padres, CLASS="highlight"> sending CLASS="highlight"> prized CLASS="highlight"> catching CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> Francisco CLASS="highlight"> Mejia CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Padres.

  • Dec. CLASS="highlight"> 27, CLASS="highlight"> 2020: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Rays CLASS="highlight"> traded CLASS="highlight"> Blake CLASS="highlight"> Snell CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Padres CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Luis CLASS="highlight"> Patino, CLASS="highlight"> Francisco CLASS="highlight"> Mejia, CLASS="highlight"> Cole CLASS="highlight"> Wilcox CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Blake CLASS="highlight"> Hunt.
Batting
  • Mejia, a switch-hitter, 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.

    Francisco’s issue is he swings at absolutely everything. His ultra aggressiveness led to an 29 strikeout rate and weak contact against pitcher’s pitches in 2018, an unsustainable approach he’ll need to corral. (Spring, 2019)

  • Francisco is a switch-hitter with good bat speed and raw power, especially for his size. But he needs to improve his strike-zone discipline, rarely drawing a walk. However, his ability to square up balls in or out of the zone sometimes causes him to chase, but he has the hands and savvy to become an impact hitter.

    Francisco is undersized but generates surprising bat speed from both sides of the plate, giving him gap power with a shot to grow into some home run pop, especially from the left side. He has become better at handling pitches on the outer half of the plate and using the opposite field to hit. His bat speed gives him more raw power than his lean, 5-foot-10 frame would suggest, but he more typically drives balls into the gaps than over the fence.

    He has an aggressive approach and doesn’t walk much, but his excellent feel for the barrel prevents him from striking out often and he is comfortable working down in the count. Mejia shows smooth, quick, balanced line-drive swings from both sides of the plate. He doesn’t have standout power, but he has the potential for double-digit home runs when he finishes maturing physically. 

    He has the ability to hit from both sides of the plate. However, he gets overaggressive and his pitch selection is questionable, But  his gifted hand-eye coordination allows him to make consistent contact. (Spring, 2019)

    Mejia gets a 60 grade on his above average hitting ability, and 45 for his nearly-average power.

  • Mejia’s improvement at the plate in 2016, stemmed from moving away from a pull-happy, homer-centric approach to letting the ball travel deeper in the hitting zone and using the opposite field. He has 

    He’s an above-average hitter with near-average power presently, and his .347 average would have tied Cedar Rapids’ Luis Arraez for the best in the MWL if he had the requisite number of plate appearances.

  • Mejia has an innate feel for his barrel, though he hits better from the left side, than the right side. His natural feel for hitting allows him to drive almost anything. The Indians hope to see him dial back his aggressive approach, for the ease with which he makes contact sometimes works against him. Mejia generates plenty of bat speed and should develop average or better power from both sides.

  • Francisco's is advanced in his approach. He has a simple swing with some power in it. He's a natural hitter with a quality swing that has few moving parts, allowing him to stay inside the ball consistently.

  • Mejia focuses on hitting the ball up the middle.

  • Francisco spent the offseason and 2016 spring training working on a new approach at the plate that reduced the amount of movement in his body and head. It has resulted in better timing so he can see the ball deeper in the zone and use the entire field.

    "I learned that baseball's hard, so you have to play every day," Mejia said. "These guys are on another level here. It's hard to play a couple of teams here, so you've just got to know what to hit, where you want to hit. It's hard to hit here."

    Mejia's hitting prowess has come under the tutelage of Larry Day, who was his hitting coach last season in Lake County and during his brief time so far with Lynchburg. Day has spoken fondly of Mejia's righthanded batting stance with his posture and ability to connect his upper and lower halves through his core.

    The key to getting Mejia better at the plate was through the continual development as a lefthanded hitter.

    "Left-handed, he starts a little more upright but does a good job of creating good posture with his load," Day said. "Then maintaining good posture has kind of been what we've been working on and that's been our message as an organization to him and my message to him on a daily basis in the cage left-handed is to create that good posture when he loads up and gets ready to hit, and then when he swings, to maintain that good posture." (Damien Sordelett - MiLB.com - 8/03/2016)

    HITTING STREAK

  • May 25—August 13, 2016: Mejia put up a two-month, 50-game hitting streak. Francisco hit the ball down the third-base line past Dash third baseman Gerson Montilla. When the scorer changed the play to a double, Mejia’s hit streak officially reached 50 games, tying Otto Pahlman for the fourth-longest streak in minor league history.

    Mejia’s streak finally ended the next night when he went 0-for-3 with a walk. The 20-year-old, switch-hitting catcher had not gone without a hit since May 25.

    “I was very nervous today, going to hit,” Mejia told The Lynchburg (Va.) News & Advance. “Every at-bat, I was feeling pressure, was very scared as a hitter.

    Mejia’s streak is the longest since the minor leagues were reorganized in 1963. Roman Mejia’s 54-game streak in the 1954 Big State League is the only longer professional streak since baseball was integrated in 1946.

    Wichita’s Joe Wilhoit (Western League) holds the all-time minor league hit-streak record with 69 games in 1919. Joe DiMaggio actually holds two of the three longest hitting streaks in pro baseball history. In addition to his 56-game major league record set in 1941, he also has the second-longest minor league streak with a 61-gamer in the Pacific Coast League in 1933.  (J.J. Cooper - Baseball America.com)

  • August 14, 2016: Mejia's hitting streak ended at 50. His streak was the fourth-longest in Minor League history and the longest in 62 years, since Roman Mejias hit in 55 straight for Waco in 1954. Mejia tied the 50-game mark of Otto Pahlman, who achieved the feat in 1922.

    The Minor League record is 69, set by Joe Wilhoit in 1919. Joe DiMaggio had a 61-game Minor League hit streak in 1933, the second-longest of all-time.

    A streak of this length requires a huge amount of mental toughness.

  • 2016 Improvements: Mejia wasn't on the Top 100 list for MLB or Baseball America, and wasn't ranked as one of the top 10 catching prospects in the game when the season started. He's No. 3 on that list and is ranked No. 88 overall (as of October 2016).

    Mejia made national headlines with a 50-game hitting streak that spanned across three months and two levels. His .342 combined average topped the Indians' organization, as did his .514 slugging percentage.

    Francisco also threw out more than 43 percent of base-stealers. More of that kind of performance, combined with Mejia continuing to hit in Double-A in 2017, could really vault him up the rankings.

    “Francisco had a choice this year, either get frustrated that he was repeating the Midwest League and leave his development up to chance, or take advantage of the mental challenge and turn his game up another notch. Luckily he did the latter and the rest is history,” Indians farm director Carter Hawkins said. “The hit streak was merely a by-product of the work and focus he showed throughout the season.”

  • Francisco has an aggressive approach and doesn't walk much, but his excellent feel for the barrel means he also doesn't strike out much and is comfortable working behind in the count. (Spring, 2018)

  • As of the start of the 2021 season, Francisco's career Major League stats were: .225 batting average, 12 home runs with 33 RBI in 334 at-bats.
Fielding
  • Francisco has a 70 grade right arm and the athleticism to be a solid-average catcher, but he often lacks focus, resulting in numerous passed balls in 2018. In part because of his lack of reliability, the Indians experimented with Mejia at third base and left field. (Spring, 2019)

  • Mejia needs to improve his receiving and blocking skills. He gained ground on both in 2016, but more work should garner even better results. He is working on his setup behind the plate, which would allow him to block balls and frame pitches more consistently.

    Mejia has a well above-average arm that he shows off on pickoff attempts, but he must polish his receiving and blocking technique. Most importantly, he needs to increase his stamina. He’s small for a catcher and must prove he can withstand a full season’s workload. (Spring, 2018)

  • Mejia has an excellent arm and a quick release, getting a  superb 80 on the scout scale. It is his biggest tool. But he gets a 50 grade for his defense back there.

    In 2013, Francisco threw out 23 percent of Arizona Rookie League runners.

    In 2015, Mejia threw out 34 percent of base-stealers.

    In 2016, he nailed 43 percent of Midwest League runners who tried to steal.

  • Francisco's work ethic is very strong. And he has leadership traits. He has become very good at the English language and in his game-calling.

  • He has improved his English, allowing him to develop a relationship with his pitching staff. And pitchers trust his ability to call a game.

  • In 2017, the Indians had Mejia work at third base in the Arizona Fall League. That is because he was blocked by Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez, a pair of excellent defensive catchers with the Indians.

  • Francisco has developed more consistency behind the plate.

  • In 2018, Mejia was learning to be a left fielder.

    “It’s a work in progress, which we knew it would be,” said Indians manager Terry Francona on Mejia as an outfielder.

    “I don’t know that you can go from being a catcher to being a Gold Glove outfielder,” Francona said. “But as long as he’s willing to try it and put the work in, which he is, it just opens up maybe more avenues for him to get to the Major Leagues.”

    Mejia has one major tool that plays well in the outfield.

    “He has a tremendous arm,” Francona said. “That’s not going to be an issue anywhere. Balls off the bat, you can take all the drills you want—and he does. But balls off the bat are probably the hardest thing (in terms of) your first step. Repetition will be the best thing for him.” (Jim Ingraham - Baseball America - 6/01/2018)

  • In 2019 with the Padres, Mejia played 4 games in left field and 60 games at catcher. In 2020, he played all his games at catcher. In 2021 with the Rays, he played one game at first base. (Baseball-Reference.com - Sept 2021)
Running
  • Francisco runs slow. He has a 40 grade.
Career Injury Report
  • May 11-20, 2017: Mejia was placed on the DL with groin soreness.

  • May 11-June 17, 2019: Mejia was on the IL with a left knee sprain.

  • Aug 31-Sept 17, 2019: Mejia was on the IL with a right oblique strain.

  • Aug 17-Sept 16, 2020: Mejia was on the IL with a left thumb contusion.

  • May 8-16, 2021: Mejia was on the IL with a left intercostal discomfort.