Who Should I Draft?

Welington Castillo or Francisco Mejia (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Welington Castillo
C - CWS
Welington Castillo
Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
42 of 59 experts
29%
Recommended by
17 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 151# 183
Best Rank# 100# 112
Worst Rank# 247# 277
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 224# 223
Best Rank# 202# 200
Worst Rank# 316# 300
   
Projections 
   
Runs3936
Home Runs1410
RBI4638
Stolen Bases11
Batting Average.252.251
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 158
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 169
   
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# 177
   
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# 227# 277
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 188
   
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USA Today
# 173# 176
   
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RotoChamp
# 138# 183
   
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Razzball
# 148# 159
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 157
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 179# 197
   
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The Athletic
# 172# 184
   
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The Athletic
# 100
   
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# 158# 178
   
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# 172
   
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
# 174# 175
   
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Expand The Boxscore
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Fake Teams
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# 129
   
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The Fake Baseball
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Sporfolio
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FanGraphs
# 164
   
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RotoBaller
# 163# 170
   
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RotoBaller
# 173# 215
   
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FantasyPros
# 172
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 161
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 160
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 218
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 161# 178
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 129
   
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Freeze Stats
# 171# 182
   
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The Fantasy Headliners
# 180# 182
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 133# 145
   
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Fantrax
# 162
   
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BRoto Fantasy
# 158# 180
   
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BRoto Fantasy
# 113
   
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Fake Teams
# 116# 197
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 151# 206
   
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CBS Sports
# 117# 114
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 129# 128
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 146# 112
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 167# 151
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 169# 164
   
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The Athletic
# 172# 166
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 174# 133
   
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The Athletic
# 178# 159
   
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SportsLine
# 178# 134
   
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Razzball
# 179# 123
   
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Beast Dome
# 179# 175
   
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 193# 188
   
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Razzball
# 198# 166
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 235# 133
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 247# 245
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 137
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 188
   
  Welington Castillo
C - CWS
Welington Castillo
Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats17056
   
Runs176
   
Hits4410
   
Singles315
   
Doubles72
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs63
   
RBI158
   
Stolen Bases10
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks95
   
Strikeouts4619
   
Batting Average.259.179
   
On Base Pct.304.258
   
Slugging Pct.406.375
   
On-base Plus Slugging.710.633
   
  Welington Castillo
C - CWS
Welington Castillo
Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats355316
   
Runs3936
   
Hits8979
   
Singles6052
   
Doubles1517
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs1410
   
RBI4638
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks2420
   
Strikeouts10074
   
Batting Average.252.251
   
On Base Pct.299.297
   
Slugging Pct.416.408
   
On-base Plus Slugging.715.704
   
  Welington Castillo
C - CWS
Welington Castillo
Francisco Mejia
C,DH - SD
Francisco Mejia
News 
 Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo went 1-for-3 with a grand slam in an 11-10 loss to the Mariners on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 15th
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
 Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in a 7-1 win over the Indians on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
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
 Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit, three-run homer in a 10-7 loss to the Braves on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Aug 31st
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
 Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a 5-3 win over the Tigers in the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Aug 7th
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
 The White Sox activated Welington Castillo (oblique) off the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 16th
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
Notes 
 Castillo only saw 49 games worth of action last season, but his bat was still quality when he played. Over the last five years, he averages 26 homers with a .261 BA and 85 RBIs per 162 games, so now that he is starting, fantasy owners can expect useful production out of him.
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
 Castillo was a top-eight catcher in 2017 and was off to a good start in 2018 before receiving an 80-game PED suspension in late May. He returned from the suspension and a brief DL stint in September, but didn't do much down the stretch. He's unlikely to match his career-best 2017 season, but barring a dramatic decline in production post-PEDs, Castillo should be able to hit around .260 with 15-20 home runs and be a serviceable starting catcher in 10- and 12-team mixed 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
 Catcher was bleak enough before losing Salvador Perez, so Castillo stands out as a fine choice for those who punt the position. An avalanche of injuries led him to post a middling .308 wOBA in 49 games, but he clobbered 53 homers over the previous three seasons. The career .259/.318/.427 hitter could combine a solid average with 15 long balls.
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