Who Should I Draft?

Francisco Mejia or Kurt Suzuki (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Kurt Suzuki
C - WSH
Kurt Suzuki
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
35 of 45 experts
22%
Recommended by
10 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 183# 228
Best Rank# 112# 122
Worst Rank# 277# 273
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 223# 340
Best Rank# 200# 305
Worst Rank# 300# 429
   
Projections 
   
Runs3634
Home Runs1010
RBI3841
Stolen Bases10
Batting Average.251.267
   
Misc 
   
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# 159
   
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# 137
   
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# 184
   
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# 175
   
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# 134
   
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# 151
   
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# 183# 122
   
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# 207# 194
   
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FantasyPros
# 242
   
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Kurt Suzuki
C - WSH
Kurt Suzuki
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats56347
   
Runs645
   
Hits1094
   
Singles558
   
Doubles224
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs312
   
RBI850
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks522
   
Strikeouts1943
   
Batting Average.179.271
   
On Base Pct.258.333
   
Slugging Pct.375.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.633.776
   
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Kurt Suzuki
C - WSH
Kurt Suzuki
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats316278
   
Runs3634
   
Hits7974
   
Singles5247
   
Doubles1716
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs1010
   
RBI3841
   
Stolen Bases10
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks2017
   
Strikeouts7440
   
Batting Average.251.267
   
On Base Pct.297.310
   
Slugging Pct.408.440
   
On-base Plus Slugging.704.750
   
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Kurt Suzuki
C - WSH
Kurt Suzuki
News 
 Francisco Mejia went 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, and two runs scored in the Padres' 8-3 win over the Orioles on Tuesday evening.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 25th
Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Phillies. The homer was his eighth of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jun 21st
 Francisco Mejia went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk as the Padres fell to the Pirates 6-3 on Saturday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki left Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks after being hit in the neck while attempting to block a pitch and reportedly felt dizzy, but he has been cleared by a team physician, according to Mark Zuckerman on Twitter.
Mike Maher
Mon, Jun 17th
 Francisco Mejia hit his first homer of the year on Tuesday as the Padres beat the Brewers 4-1.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 19th
Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The homer was fifth of the season and third in as many days.
Mike Maher
Mon, May 6th
 The Padres activated Francisco Mejia (knee) off IL and optioned him to Triple-A El Paso.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit three-run home run in Saturday's win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The homer was his fourth of the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, May 5th
 Francisco Mejia (knee) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 22nd
Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the San Francisco Giants. The homer was his second of the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Apr 18th
Notes 
 Catcher is so bad that prospect pedigree has kept Mejia in top-10 consideration despite batting .176 (12-for-69) in the majors. Even his Triple-A production dipped (.279/.328/.426) after getting traded from Cleveland to San Diego, where Austin Hedges is still clamoring for reps behind the plate. Contact and power upside still makes the 23-year-old Mejia a viable dart throw for anyone who missed out on the big names. Those in one-catcher leagues, however, should move on quickly if he's not playing much in April.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Suzuki has been useful the last two seasons with a .276 batting average, 31 HRs and 100 RBIs in 623 at-bats, but his playing time is expected to take a hit as he likely backs up Yan Gomes in Washington. Even so, he is better than punting the position altogether.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Mejia hit .293 with 14 home runs over 110 games between the Indians' and Padres' AAA affiliates last season, a close approximation of his numbers for Cleveland's AA affiliate the year prior. Between 2017 and 2018, he's hit just .176 over his first 76 Major League plate appearances, but the contact skills he's displayed in the minors are exceedingly rare among Major League backstops. The bigger question is how often he'll play -- he will need to battle Austin Hedges for playing time behind the plate and may have trouble squeezing into the Padres' crowded outfield rotation. Despite the uncertainty, Mejia is a high-upside talent who is worth considering once the top eight starting catchers are off the board.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
There's nothing sexy about drafting Sukuzi, a 35-year old journeyman backstop who's never hit 20 home runs and may not even be the Nationals' quote-unquote "starter" behind the plate. But thanks to a bit of pop and very good contact skills for a catcher, Suzuki has quietly finished as a top-11 fantasy catcher in fewer than 400 plate appearances in each of the last two seasons. It remains to be seen how playing time will be divided between Suzuki and Yan Gomes in Washington, but between catching and even getting the occasional start at first base, Suzuki could get enough playing time to once again sneak into the starting catcher conversation in 12-team leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Much of Mejia's production will depend on where he plays this season. The Padres are among the front-runners to land J.T. Realmuto, which oddly enough, would help Mejia a great deal. As it is now, the catching prospect is stuck behind Austin Hedges, who is among the top defensive catchers in baseball, but a trade to Miami, or perhaps even Cleveland or Cincinnati, would make him a fringe top 12 fantasy catcher right away. Mejia has more pop than your average catcher already and could eventually hit around .290 as his approach matures.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros