5. Mejia to the NL
If Francisco Mejia becomes a star, and he very well could, it’s going to happen about as far away from Cleveland you can get, in the National League West with the San Diego Padres.
Losing Mejia hurts, because it’s no secret the guys hits. It doesn’t matter what level he plays at, he’s going to hit around .300.
Go back and look at Jose Ramirez‘s minor league numbers. Yes, the Indians found him on a field playing ball next to a grazing goat, but Ramirez was consistent in the minors, posting a lifetime average of .304.
Mejia’s ability to generate offense at a position most commonly known for defense puts a premium on his ability.
Hearing he may have had doubts is a concern, especially since it looked like the Tribe was going to use him in the outfield during the pennant race. Mejia had been playing right in the minors and even started at the position during last week’s Triple-A All-Star game.
Hopefully Hand stays healthy and plays to his potential, because there’s no doubt in my mind, Cleveland lost a good one.
At the very least, we’ll only have to see him the rare interleague occasion where the Indians play the Padres.