Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Francisco Mejia (C, Mahoning Valley): 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 1 SB
Wednesday was a big day for Mejia, as the top-five prospect in the system not only went off at the plate, but also had the walk off single for the Scrappers. At only 18 years old, the fact that Mejia is Mahoning Valley’s main catcher and is still hitting at a decent level (.277/.331/.394 line in 61 games) is quite impressive. Plus, that level of performance does not account for the growth and projection that should be ahead for the switch hitter as he progresses through the system. Despite his strong statistical performance, however, some attitude issues have been raised recently which put a bit of a damper on Mejia’s season. The good news is that not only does Mejia being so young add to his projection, seeing attitude problems from a teenager (and one who will remain a teenager until after the conclusion of next season) also makes perfect sense. It is easy to forget that these prospects are sometimes essentially children who are going through the rigors of minor league baseball; sometimes their maturity is not all there just yet. These things happen, and more often than not, simply getting older will do a lot to solve the problem. Mejia should be fine long-term, both on-the-field and off it. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, August 28, 2014