As the inconsistent Indians roll towards the All-Star break, fans had been patiently anticipating the long awaited call-up for Francisco Mejia. The time has arrived, but Tito hasn’t done anything with him yet. Why would the Tribe call-up Mejia just to have him sit the bench? For someone who has struggled to make contact at AAA, it doesn’t seem like he would be an immense boost to a struggling lineup. Mejia has had problems getting on base recently, but he can’t be any worse than Indians backup catcher Roberto Perez.
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Perez is batting .136, and has been clueless every time he steps up to the plate. Perez hardly deserves a spot on any major league roster, but he still maintains his backup status behind Yan Gomes. If you’re going to pull Mejia up to the majors, and waste one of his options sending him right back down, why call him up in the first place! Scouts have Mejia listed as the eleventh best prospect in baseball, and at one point in his career, he was the third ranked prospect according to ESPN’s senior baseball writer, Keith Law. Indians’ management see Mejia as a once in a generation talent, and with rookie’s flourishing across baseball this season, you have to at least try to get the kid out there. Ronald Acuna (ATL), Gleyber Torres (NYY), and Victor Robles (WAS), have thrived in the majors this year, and they look like soon to be stars in the MLB.
Francisco Mejia hasn’t looked that great in AAA Columbus this year, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t ready to play in the majors. In previous seasons, Mejia has been a stalwart throughout the Indians farm system, and most recently during spring training, he held a batting average well over .350, so he should be ready to go. The problem for Mejia is that he can only fit into a backup role. His main position is Catcher, and as long as Yan Gomes keeps up his great defense he’ll have that job locked up. Mejia also learned how to play Third Base last fall, but Jose Ramirez obviously won’t be giving up his roster spot. There is something the Indians could still do. Ramirez could move over to Second Base, Mejia would start at Third, Eric Gonzalez can still play a utility role, and Jason Kipnis gets benched. The Indians can’t wait too much longer with Kipnis, and if he doesn’t figure it out soon, his roster spot is in severe danger.
Whatever the Tribe decide to do, Mejia has to find his way onto the field. Whether in the majors, or in the minors, Francisco Mejia NEEDS to get plate appearances, even if it’s in a backup role.
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