Full name FRANCISCO JOSE MEJÍA \meh-HEE-ya\...Married, Sorivel... Studied at Las Carreras de Baní …Son, Francisco Miguel (10/18/2016)…Favorite team as a child was the New York Yankees and his favorite players were Manny Ramirez and Robinson Canó… Favorite movies (Fast and Furious and Scary Movie); favorite NBA team is the Cleveland Cavaliers...2018 Tribe Fest participant.
Had another productive season in his development, spending the year at Double A Akron and was named an Eastern League Midseason and Postseason All-Star and was named E.L. Rookie of the Year in his first year at that level...Hit .297 (103/347) at Akron with 21 doubles, 2 triples, 14 home runs, 52 RBIs, 52 runs scored and 7 steals...He finished 6th in the league batting average, 8th in slugging pct (.490) and OPS (.835)... Led E.L. catchers in assists and threw out 30% (18/60) of potential basestealers...Hit .352 (32/91) off left-handed pitching and .299 (29/97) with runners in scoring position... Had 33 hits over an 18-game span, May 26-June 17...Hit .361 (30/83) in June with 18 R, 6HR & 19 RBI in 22 games. Recalled to Cleveland for the first time in his career on September 1 and made his debut in the night game of a doubleheader that night as a pinch-hitter...Made his first defensive appearance at catcher on Sept. 3 and started at DH at Chicago-AL on Sept. 4...Overall made 3 appearances at catcher, was 1-for-7 as a pinch-hitter and collected his first hit on Sept. 4 at Chicago-AL, a single off James Shields (his lone start at DH in September)...Named an MiLB.com organization All-Star (C) and was named to the Baseball America Postseason Double-A All-Star team.
Hit a combined .342 (139-407) in 2016 with 63 runs, 29 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs and 80 RBI between Class A Lake County and A Lynchburg (.382/.514/.896)... He led all Indians Minor League hitters in average and OPS (.896) and ranked fifth in RBI and hits...His overall .342 batting average was also fifth-highest in all of Minor League Baseball in 2016 (min. 400 plate apps)...The Bani, Dominican Republic native hit in 50 consecutive games from May 27-August 13, the longest hitting streak in the Minors in 62 years and tied for fourth longest in Minor League history... He was named an organizational allstar and the 84th-overall MiLB prospect by MLB.com and enters 2017 as the top organizational prospect and best hitter for average in the system according to Baseball America... Hit .333 (92-276) vs. RHP for the year with 19 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, 47 RBI and .359 (47-131) vs. left-handed pitching with 10 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR & 33 RBI (.932 OPS)...Hit .419 (39-93) in June with 7 2B, 6 HR and 22 RBI in 23 games on his way to Topps June Player of the Month honors... Appeared in 9 games for Estrellas in the DWL after the season.
Appeared in 109 of Lake County's 137 games...His 53 RBI were the second-most among Captains players... Entered the 2016 season ranked as the 10th-best prospect and Best Defensive Catcher in the Indians organization by Baseball America
The Indians seventh-best prospect, ninth-best prospect in the New York-Penn League (Baseball America), started 52 games at catcher for the Scrappers, batting .319 (23-72) with RISP, hitting 6 doubles, 2 triples, 1 homer and 33 RBI...Mejia led Mahoning Valley in hits (70), triples (4) and total bases (101).
Signed as a non-drafted free agent in July, 18-year-old Mejia led the AZL Tribe in batting, wrapping up the season with a .305 average (32-105), 9 doubles, a triple, 4 homers, 24 RBI and a .872 OPS (.348 OBP/.524 SLG).