Who Should I Draft?

Francisco Mejia or Willians Astudillo (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Willians Astudillo
C,3B - MIN
Willians Astudillo
Expert
Recommendation
74%
Recommended by
35 of 47 experts
26%
Recommended by
12 of 47 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 183# 203
Best Rank# 112# 135
Worst Rank# 277# 291
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 223# 282
Best Rank# 200# 255
Worst Rank# 300# 361
   
Projections 
   
Runs3625
Home Runs107
RBI3830
Stolen Bases12
Batting Average.251.283
   
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Injury AlertMiLBMiLB
   
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# 166
   
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# 277# 291
   
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# 159
   
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# 176
   
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Razzball
# 159# 240
   
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Brewer Rat
# 137
   
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# 197# 216
   
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# 184
   
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# 157
   
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  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Willians Astudillo
C,3B - MIN
Willians Astudillo
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats5693
   
Runs69
   
Hits1033
   
Singles525
   
Doubles24
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs33
   
RBI821
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks52
   
Strikeouts193
   
Batting Average.179.355
   
On Base Pct.258.371
   
Slugging Pct.375.516
   
On-base Plus Slugging.633.887
   
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Willians Astudillo
C,3B - MIN
Willians Astudillo
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats316221
   
Runs3625
   
Hits7962
   
Singles5242
   
Doubles1711
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs107
   
RBI3830
   
Stolen Bases12
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks208
   
Strikeouts7416
   
Batting Average.251.283
   
On Base Pct.297.308
   
Slugging Pct.408.440
   
On-base Plus Slugging.704.748
   
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Willians Astudillo
C,3B - MIN
Willians Astudillo
News 
 The Padres activated Francisco Mejia (knee) off IL and optioned him to Triple-A El Paso.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
The Twins reinstated Willians Astudillo (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, May 12th
 Francisco Mejia (knee) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 22nd
The Minnesota Twins placed catcher Willians Astudillo on the 10-day injured list after he pulled his hamstring while running the bases on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Apr 27th
 The Padres have placed Francisco Mejia on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, May 11th
Minnesota Twins first baseman Willians Astudillo went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the first game of a doubleheader against the Orioles on Saturday. The Twins went on to win 6-5.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Apr 20th
 Francisco Mejia went 1-for-4 in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Mets.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 8th
Minnesota Twins catcher Willians Astudillo went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Apr 18th
 Francisco Mejia went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in the Padres' 4-3 win over the Braves on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 1st
Minnesota Twins catcher Willians Astudillo went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in his team's 6-2 win over the Phillies on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Apr 6th
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
It is tempting to draft everyone's favorite short chubby catcher, but the fact of the matter is that he likely won't even open the season on the big league club. There is some intrigue here if/when he gets called up, but until then, he belongs on the waivers.
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
The legend of Astudillo will only continue to grow. Brandishing a stat page more in line with a 1918 player, the contact machine recorded 85 walks and 81 strikeouts in 2,461 career minor league plate appearances. After turning heads with eight homers in the Venezuelan League, he opened camp by taking Twins ace Jose Berrios yard. Although unlikely to open the season as the starting catcher, he could piece together plate appearances in a utility role. Those odds diminished, however, after the Twins signed Marwin Gonzalez. He's a fun pick at a gloomy position who would hit for average with decent power if given the chance.
Andrew Gould - 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
With a strikeout rate below five percent at every level of the minors -- and during his 30 game cup of coffee with the Twins last year -- Astudillo has the kind of high-level contact skills that can make him an asset in batting average, particularly at the weak-hitting catcher position. He could also pop 15 home runs if given regular at-bats, but it's his at-bat total that is the big question. Astudillo isn't guaranteed a roster spot, let alone a starting job, but if he can find a way to reach 300+ plate appearances, he will be an intriguing dark horse candidate to finish as a top-12 catcher in mixed leagues. He's worth monitoring closely in Spring Training.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros