Indians prospect Francisco Mejia extends 50-game hitting streak on controversial scoring decision

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Update (6:59 PM EDT): Mejia went 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI ground out on Sunday afternoon, so his 50-game hitting streak is officially over with no controversy.

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Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia entered Saturday’s game against Single-A Winston-Salem with a 49-game hitting streak. Unfortunately, it seemed, he finished the game 0-for-4 with a walk, but an hour after the game, the official scorer turned an error charged to third baseman Gerson Montilla into a hit. That made Mejia 1-for-4 with a double and extended his hitting streak to 50 games.

In the third inning, Mejia hit a weak grounder to third base that found its way underneath Montilla’s glove. Montilla didn’t appear to have made any contact with the ball. It did appear to be a play he should have made, however.

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Mejia’s team, the Lynchburg Hillcats, issued this statement after the game regarding the scoring decision, MLB.com’s Daniel Kramer reports:

After reviewing additional data and watching video of the play, the official scorer decided to rule Mejia’s batted ball in the third inning a double. The video review showed that the ball was struck far enough away from the backhand of the third baseman (Montilla) and hit with enough force and topspin to prevent Montilla from making the play with ordinary effort. Based on this, the official scorer changed the error to a hit.

Mejia, 20, is hitting .348/.380/.523 with 39 extra-base hits, 72 RBI, and 56 runs scored in 375 plate appearances this seasonb etween Single-A Lake County and High-A Lynchburg. MLB Pipeline rates Mejia as the Indians’ fourth-best prospect and 95th overall in baseball.

Mejia also made an appearance at the Futures Game as part of the 2016 All-Star Game festivities last month at Petco Park. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored.