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Francisco Mejia

Born: 10/27/1995 (Age: 18)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10" Weight: 175
Primary Position: C
Physical/Health
Small frame; not overly filled out in lower half, especially legs; lean muscle type; will need to add strength and weight to withstand rigors of position/avoid nagging injuries; athletic; agile; potential for moderate physical gains; likely to lose a bit of athleticism as physically matures and demands of the position.
Evaluator Chris Mellen
Report Date 07/15/2014
Dates Seen 7/12-7/14
Affiliate Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Short Season, Indians)
Makeup

Confident player; engaged in the game; carries himself with swagger, but not on the false, obnoxious side; competitor - out looking to impact the game with skill set; mature on the field; driven; loves playing the game.

MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 Very High 70 50; major-league regular No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Plus bat speed from both sides of the plate; whip-like swing with some leverage; produces plenty of backspin; life in hands - explosive and loose; relaxed stance from both sides; easy pre-pitch set-up; does rock a bit to time; ultra-aggressive hitter - not presently at the plate to wait around; attacks the ball; extremely wide strike zone; will need to develop a more patience mindset to combat pitchers from exploiting up the ranks; do not see hitter ever being the methodical type, but can improve enough to reach hitting potential; distinct sound off the bat; puts the ball into play hard.
Power 55 Thunder in the stick; 55 present raw power; believe more strength to come; knows how to extend and tap into lower half at a young age; pull-side power, but will not be surprised to see hitter be able to reach seats opposite field left-handed; high doubles potential; carry behind fly balls; will surprise with power given statue - potential to hit 15-20 home runs in peak.
Baserunning/Speed 40 Can presently run a bit; accelerates on turn at first and when scoring from second; will lose some speed as rigors of position take a hold; may swipe a base or two; should be able to help on the base paths - stretch a hit, score from second, take chances sending, etc.
Glove 55 Agile/athletic behind dish; quick feet; instinctive feel - reacts well to the ball and quick with reflexes; shows an understanding of the position; soft hands; at times lazy getting down on the ball; glove hand tends to drift and stab; ball control needs work - does not presently get big to smother or front offerings; raw overall receiver; demonstrates an enthusiasm for position; embraces involvement; believe defense will lose rough edges, but expect it to take time and there to be some growing pains.
Arm 70 Borderline elite arm strength; throws show power and force; ball comes out of hand on a line; timed multiple 1.87 pop times on stolen base attempts; release can at times be a tad slow, with long arm action; springs out of crouch; footwork needs a little work; can throw accurately with power; will need to get ball down a bit as competition improves; love to throw; wants to be challenged; type of arm that can grind a running game to a halt.
Overall

Displays a level of naturalness and looseness that I love; packs a punch at the plate for his size; ball comes off the player's bat with the look of a major-leaguer; development of secondary skills key to reaching hitting potential; hit tool will not play to potential without buy-in to more selective mentality; believe all of the ingredients are here for an All-Star caliber player; overall development is going to take time, with some growing pains both offensively and defensively; high flameout potential, but my gut feel says this is an impact big-leaguer with both bat and glove.

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