Who Should I Draft?

Mike Zunino or Francisco Mejia (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Mike Zunino
C - TB
Mike Zunino
Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
31 of 53 experts
42%
Recommended by
22 of 53 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 169# 183
Best Rank# 111# 112
Worst Rank# 258# 277
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 216# 223
Best Rank# 202# 200
Worst Rank# 284# 300
   
Projections 
   
Runs4636
Home Runs2210
RBI5638
Stolen Bases01
Batting Average.217.251
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-MiLB
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 152
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 158
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 225# 277
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 175
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 151# 176
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 143# 183
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 183
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 187# 197
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 111# 175
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 126
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 146# 188
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 171# 173
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 157# 175
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 185
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 182# 207
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 184# 191
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 187# 197
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 189
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 173# 174
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 184# 218
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 171# 173
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 154# 215
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 140
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 168
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 159
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 222
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 168# 178
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 126# 133
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 143# 182
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 180
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 161# 206
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 116# 114
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 154# 133
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 160# 128
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 161# 137
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 168# 159
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 171# 134
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 180# 175
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 186# 159
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 194# 142
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 195# 188
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 199# 170
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 199# 166
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 201# 112
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 205# 182
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 212# 123
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 213# 182
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 246# 245
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 258# 197
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 151
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 166
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 178
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 184
   
  Mike Zunino
C - TB
Mike Zunino
Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats37356
   
Runs376
   
Hits7510
   
Singles375
   
Doubles182
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs203
   
RBI448
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks245
   
Strikeouts15019
   
Batting Average.201.179
   
On Base Pct.259.258
   
Slugging Pct.410.375
   
On-base Plus Slugging.669.633
   
  Mike Zunino
C - TB
Mike Zunino
Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats389316
   
Runs4636
   
Hits8479
   
Singles4552
   
Doubles1917
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs2210
   
RBI5638
   
Stolen Bases01
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks3220
   
Strikeouts15174
   
Batting Average.217.251
   
On Base Pct.276.297
   
Slugging Pct.431.408
   
On-base Plus Slugging.707.704
   
  Mike Zunino
C - TB
Mike Zunino
Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
News 
 The Rays have activated Mike Zunino (quad) from the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, May 31st
The Padres activated Francisco Mejia (knee) off IL and optioned him to Triple-A El Paso.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
 Rays manager Kevin Cash says he expects Zunino to miss the next 4-to-5 weeks with a left quadriceps injury suffered earlier this week.
James Bisson
Fri, May 10th
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 Rays are putting Mike Zunino on the 10-day IL and calling up Anthony Bemboom to take his spot according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
John Aubin
Fri, May 10th
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
 Mike Zunino exited Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks with a tight quadriceps, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
John Aubin
Thu, May 9th
Francisco Mejia went 1-for-4 in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Mets.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 8th
 Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored two runs as the Rays beat the Diamondbacks by a 12-1 score on Monday.
John Aubin
Tue, May 7th
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
Notes 
 Zunino killed his fantasy teams in batting average last year, but he was up at .251 the year before so you'd have to think he will settle somewhere in between this year. When it comes with 20 homers and 50 RBIs at the catcher position, the batting average is much easier to swallow.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
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
 Zunino is one of the better sources of power at the catcher position, but with a .207 lifetime average and enormous 34.2 percent career strikeout rate, he is a major liability in the batting average department. As a result, he's finished as a top-14 fantasy catcher just once -- in 2017, when he rode a completely unsustainable .355 BABIP to a .251 batting average. He's simply too big of a batting average drain to be an appealing starting option in 12-team leagues.
Andrew Seifter - 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
  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