Like Allen, Mejia was a part of a failed trade at last year’s deadline to acquire Jonathan Lucroy. The pair will now be making their debuts with the Indians in the midst of a playoff run.
The 21-year-old catcher made headlines with his 50-game hitting streak in 2016, eventually ascending to the Tribe’s No. 1 overall prospect. While the streak was eventually snapped, Mejia kept hitting, and he’s currently slashing .297/.346/.490 on the year, good for a 126 wRC+. He also has 16 home runs already, which is a career-high at any level.
Mejia, the top-rated catching prospect according to MLB Pipeline, made his first-ever start at third base earlier this week but I wouldn’t expect him to do much, if anything, besides get an at-bat or two in a pinch today. His overall defense has been cited as a reason that he’s still in Double-A (I’m sure his age is a factor, too), but he has an absolute cannon of an arm.
Mejia will also be participating in this fall’s Arizona Rookie League as an infielder, meaning he’ll get even more work at third base and catcher.