Every year a rookie catches the fancy of fantasy owners. This year at catcher, Francisco Mejia will be popular in drafts and auctions. Over the last month, he’s the 15th catcher taken in 12-team leagues in NFBC drafts with an average draft position of 257.9 along with a range of 164-to-357 to underscore the volatility of his market. Mejia’s not assured of logging the majority of at-bats at catcher for San Diego, but he’s being treated as such.

Many will be pining for less Austin Hedges and more Mejia, but with a potentially young Padres pitching staff, Hedges’ defense could keep him in the lineup. However, upside drives the bus in fantasy. Mejia played 21 games with San Diego last year accruing 56 at-bats with six runs, three home runs and eight RBI with a .179/.258/.375 slash line. Since his sample’s so limited, it’s difficult to discern his batted ball data.

At Triple-A, Mejia appeared in 110 games, with two different franchises after his trade, with 54 runs, 14 home...