Who Should I Draft?

Robinson Chirinos or Francisco Mejia (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Robinson Chirinos
C - HOU
Robinson Chirinos
Expert
Recommendation
64%
Recommended by
34 of 53 experts
36%
Recommended by
19 of 53 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 183# 193
Best Rank# 112# 115
Worst Rank# 277# 259
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 223# 252
Best Rank# 200# 191
Worst Rank# 300# 354
   
Projections 
   
Runs3643
Home Runs1015
RBI3847
Stolen Bases11
Batting Average.251.216
   
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# 137
   
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  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Robinson Chirinos
C - HOU
Robinson Chirinos
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats56360
   
Runs648
   
Hits1080
   
Singles546
   
Doubles215
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs318
   
RBI865
   
Stolen Bases02
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks545
   
Strikeouts19140
   
Batting Average.179.222
   
On Base Pct.258.338
   
Slugging Pct.375.419
   
On-base Plus Slugging.633.758
   
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Robinson Chirinos
C - HOU
Robinson Chirinos
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats316319
   
Runs3643
   
Hits7969
   
Singles5238
   
Doubles1713
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1015
   
RBI3847
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks2036
   
Strikeouts74111
   
Batting Average.251.216
   
On Base Pct.297.295
   
Slugging Pct.408.410
   
On-base Plus Slugging.704.705
   
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Robinson Chirinos
C - HOU
Robinson Chirinos
News 
 Francisco Mejia went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the Padres' win over the Red Sox on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 26th
Robinson Chirinos went 3-for-4 with two home runs, six RBI and two runs scored in Monday's 15-0 win over the Athletics.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 10th
 Francisco Mejia went 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored in the Padres' loss to the Phillies on Friday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 17th
Robinson Chirinos went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, a walk, and an additional run scored in Tuesday's 15-1 win over the Rays.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 28th
 Francisco Mejia stayed hot on Sunday versus the Rockies, going 3-for-4 with a homer and a double as the Padres fell 8-3.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 12th
Robinson Chirinos went 4-for-4 with a double, and a solo home run in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Tigers.
Brad Camara
Thu, Aug 22nd
 Francisco Mejia went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Padres' 7-1 win over the Rockies on Friday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 10th
Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Indians.
Brad Camara
Wed, Jul 31st
 Francisco Mejia went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the Padres' 3-2 loss to the Mariners on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 7th
Robinson Chirinos went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk in Monday's 11-1 win over the Athletics.
Brad Camara
Tue, Jul 23rd
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
Chirinos likely won't get 450 at-bats like some of the other names above him, but he is the starter for Houston which should come with it's share of runs and RBIs. The batting average clearly won't be ideal, but his 15 to 20 HR power off-sets that pain.
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
Chirinos' 35 home runs over the last two seasons ranks eighth at the catcher position, and it has translated to back-to-back seasons in which Chirinos has finished as a top-12 fantasy catcher in 5x5 roto leagues, including a top-seven finish last year. He's expected to serve as the Astros' starting catcher after signing a one-year deal in the offseason, and while he'll likely bat at the bottom of the order, Chirinos should benefit from a good hitting environment and a lineup that is strong from top to bottom. He's likely to be a drain on batting average considering his high strikeout rate, but the pop is legit. Look his way if you're hunting for a sleeper at the position.
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