The San Diego Padres are calling up top prospect Francisco Mejia.
Mejia, who came to San Diego from Cleveland in the Brad Hand trade back in mid-July, has tore up the Pacific Coast League in a little over a month’s worth of work. His batting line: .328/.364/.582 with seven home runs, eight doubles, and 23 RBI in 31 games.
Mejia, who turns 23 in October, has spent most of his time as a catcher, but he’s not considered a great defensive one, which has led to stints at third base and both outfield corners. His bat has never been in question though. While he has struggled in a couple of brief stints in the big leagues with Cleveland, he hit .291/.344/.438 in six minor league seasons in the Indians’ organization before his recent tear at El Paso.
It’s unclear how exactly the Padres plan to use Mejia in the season’s last month but he is, without question, a big part of the Padres’ future.