Our own Ed Carroll discussed the aggressive assignment to the New York-Penn League for 18-year-old catching prospect Francisco Mejia, referencing the love from Baseball Prospectus in regards to the young backstop’s quick, powerful bat and defensive prowess. Mejia has done a very nice job in Mahoning Valley, posting some very good numbers:
Despite being roughly three years younger than his competition, Mejia has done enough to represent the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, along with outfielders Greg Allen and Taylor Murphy, and left-handed pitcher Sean Brady, August 19th in Brooklyn. You can see the entire group of All-Stars HERE.
Mejia was ranked as the Indians No.7 prospect in MLB.com’s mid-season rankings:
Scouting Grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 30 | Arm: 70 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50
The Indians skipped Mejia over the Dominican Summer League, sending him straight to the Arizona Rookie League in 2013. He handled the aggressive assignment with aplomb, both offensively and defensively.
Mejia is wiry strong, and his bat speed creates impressive raw power. He also shows a good feel for hitting, consistently hitting line drives from both sides of the plate. Defensively, he is advanced for his age. His athleticism and well-above-average arm and receiving skills are more than enough to make him an everyday catcher in time.
Still just a teenager, Mejia has some maturing to do, and the Indians want him to improve his English so he can better communicate with the pitching staff. Mejia is still a long way away, but he already has the organization excited about his potential.
The Indians are well represented at the lower levels of their system, having seen three players represent the Lake County Captains in the Midwest League and three players represent the Carolina Mudcats in the Carolina-California League All-Star Game.