In a surprise upset (maybe?) catching prospect Francisco Mejia is our No. 1 Cleveland Indians prospect for 2017, edging out last year’s No. 1 prospect, outfielder Bradley Zimmer, by a full XX votes. Mejia failed to crack our top-10 last season, landing at No. 11 instead, but a true breakout season and incredible hitting streak was enough to propel him all the way to number one.
Mejia’s 2016 campaign in the minors was the stuff of legends. The switch-hitting 20-year-old registered a hit in 50-straight games strung between the Class-A Lake County Captains and High-A Lynchburg Hillcats. He finished the season slashing .347/.384/.531 with the former and .333/.380/.488 with the latter — he also 11 home runs at both levels, combined.
During the streak, which spanned from May 27 to August 13, Mejia recorded 53 singles, 15 doubles, two triples, and eight home runs. He walked just 10 times, though, leading to a wonky .386/.414/.599 slash line.
It’s also worth noting that the Indians almost lost Mejia at the trade deadline. He was the headline prospect in a deal that would have brought Jonothan Lucroy over from Milwaukee Brewers. Instead, Lucroy exercised his no-trade option, the deal fell through, and Mejia just. kept hitting.
You are not the first to name Francisco Mejia as the Tribe’s top overall prospect, either. Baseball America did the same when they released their top-10 Indians prospects for 2017 list back in November. MLB Pipeline currently has Mejia listed as the Indians’ fourth overall prospect.