Who Should I Draft?

Tucker Barnhart or Francisco Mejia (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Tucker Barnhart
C - CIN
Tucker Barnhart
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
29 of 49 experts
41%
Recommended by
20 of 49 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 183# 197
Best Rank# 112# 127
Worst Rank# 277# 320
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 223# 285
Best Rank# 200# 258
Worst Rank# 300# 316
   
Projections 
   
Runs3645
Home Runs109
RBI3847
Stolen Bases12
Batting Average.251.255
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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# 166
   
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# 277# 279
   
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# 159# 192
   
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# 137
   
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# 175
   
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CBS Sports
# 112
   
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CBS Sports
# 114# 129
   
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Fantasy Team Advice
# 245
   
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The Athletic
# 188
   
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 173
   
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# 142
   
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# 174
   
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# 151# 165
   
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# 127
   
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# 183# 141
   
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FantasyPros
# 158
   
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# 175# 163
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 166
   
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# 166
   
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
# 207# 179
   
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# 182# 179
   
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# 191# 182
   
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# 197# 183
   
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# 197# 183
   
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# 184
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 225
   
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Tucker Barnhart
C - CIN
Tucker Barnhart
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats56460
   
Runs650
   
Hits10114
   
Singles580
   
Doubles221
   
Triples03
   
Home Runs310
   
RBI846
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing04
   
Walks554
   
Strikeouts1996
   
Batting Average.179.248
   
On Base Pct.258.328
   
Slugging Pct.375.372
   
On-base Plus Slugging.633.699
   
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Tucker Barnhart
C - CIN
Tucker Barnhart
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats316423
   
Runs3645
   
Hits79108
   
Singles5274
   
Doubles1722
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs109
   
RBI3847
   
Stolen Bases12
   
Caught Stealing12
   
Walks2046
   
Strikeouts7484
   
Batting Average.251.255
   
On Base Pct.297.328
   
Slugging Pct.408.382
   
On-base Plus Slugging.704.710
   
  Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Tucker Barnhart
C - CIN
Tucker Barnhart
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
Tucker Barnhart went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a RBI in the Reds' 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 6th
 Francisco Mejia (knee) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 22nd
Tucker Barnhart went 3-for-4 with a single, double, two-run home run, and two runs scored in the Reds' 8-6 loss to the Cubs on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, May 26th
 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
Tucker Barnhart went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in the Reds' 11-9 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, May 23rd
 Francisco Mejia went 1-for-4 in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Mets.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 8th
Tucker Barnhart went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in the Reds' 9-2 win over the Giants on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, May 5th
 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
Tucker Barnhart went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored on Monday against the Mets.
Dan Harris
Tue, Apr 30th
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
Barnhart doesn't have the best bat, but his elite defense will keep him on the field for nearly 500 at-bats again. In a killer Red's lineup, that should be plenty to get him the counting stats he needs to be draftable.
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
 
 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