The Cleveland Indians’ top prospect, Francisco Mejia, has been flying up prospect rankings this season. Ranked seventh by Keith Law (while adding he could have potential been the top ranked prospect), and third by Baseball Prospectus, the young catcher has been a major discussion point with Tribe fans both as a savior at the catcher position or as potential trade bait.
Mejia burst on the last season,putting up a 50-game hitting streak, the longest since 1954. He hasn’t slowed down this season, hitting .325 with 10 homeruns in 64 games. At only 21 years old, Mejia presents another long-term piece to an Indians core that is suddenly in the midst of a youth movement. Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, and Bradley Zimmer have supplanted the older core as not only the future, but the most important players in the present, as well. Mejia appears on his way to add to that group should he remain with the team after the trade deadline.
Mike Hattery recently had the chance to watch him play with the Akron RubberDucks as well as talk with some people in the organization about their own view of Mejia’s potential. Mike was kind enough to sit down and briefly discuss Mejia as well as another of his favorite prospects in Akron, Eric Haase.
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