2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Francisco Mejia
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
Weighing risk versus reward on a young catcher depends on league size and eligibility rules. For those in one-catcher formats, the fungibility of the position lends itself towards more risk if letting the position drift. In two catcher leagues, having one solid catcher and one with potential upside makes sense. Residing on the radar at catcher for years it seems, Francisco Mejía should be in line for an expanded role with the Padres but it remains to be seen. He appeared in 79 games last season but only accrued 244 plate appearances with 27 runs, eight home runs, 22 RBI and a stolen base with a .265/.316/.438 slash line.
However, those aspiring for upside will point out his second half surge during which Mejia hit a robust .305/.355/.511 with six home runs over 141 plate appearances spanning 44 contests. It’s a small sample, but one of intrigue. During this stretch, Mejia owned an inflated .358 batting average on balls in play with a 6.4 walk percentage and 21.3 strikeout rate....