(Updated August 15th, 2016)
Francisco Mejia (a prospective switch-hitting catcher in the Cleveland Indians organization) put together an impressive 50-game hitting streak between Class-A and Advanced-A play this season.
The streak began back on May 27th and came to an end on August 14th. The streak was originally over on August 13th when Mejia went 0-4, however, the streak was revived by the official scorer who changed an error to a hit after video review. In his final at bat on the 14th, Mejia (0-3) was robbed of a hit by Winston-Salem’s center fielder Michael Suiter who made a diving catch in the games seventh inning.
Mejia’s name might sound familiar as the 21-year-old backstop was supposed to be dealt by the Indians to the Milwaukee Brewers for catcher Jonathon Lucroy. J-Luc vetoed the trade to the Tribe, however, and is now catching for the Texas Rangers instead.
Mejia also participated in this year’s Futures Game during the All-Star break in San Diego at Petco Park. He managed to collect a hit in three at bats and accounted for one of the World Futures 11 runs in a victory over the U.S. Futures (the final score was 11-3).
Mejia posted 40 hits in his final 24 games with the Lake County Captains (Class-A, Midwest League) before being promoted to the Lynchburg Hillcats (Advanced-A) on June 27th. Sundays game marks the first time Mejia has went hitless in Carolina League action and he has totaled 38 more hits thus far .
During the streak Mejia slashed .386/.414/.599 with eight home runs, 15 doubles, and only 29 strikeouts in 215 plate appearances (per Mike Axisa CBS Sports and Jay Jaffe Sports Illustrated). On the year Mejia has a slash-line of .345/.378/.519 with nine HR and 72 RBI.
Mejia passed Harry Chozen (49 games in 1945) and Jack Ness (49 games in 1915) after the official scorer’s final decision and joined Otto Pahlman (who had a 50-game streak in 1922) at 4th place on the all-time Minor League hit streak list.
In case you were wondering, the longest hit streak in Minor League History belongs to Joe Wilhoit who had a whopping 69-game streak in 1919 (Joe DiMaggio has the second longest at 61 games in 1933, followed by Roman Mejias in third place with 55 games in 1954).
Regardless the level of baseball being played, a 50-game hitting streak is nothing short of an incredible feat. Especially when you consider that Mejia is one of only five players in baseball history (Minor or Major League) to have a hit streak of 50 or more games.
If Mejia can add some more power to his swing and prove he can perform at a high level behind the plate, he may challenge Indians catcher Yan Gomes for playing time in the not so distant future.
Who knows, years from now Cleveland and its fans may look back at the Lucroy deal that wasn’t, and be thankful they didn’t trade this top prospect away.
Yankees’ Preparing Record-Setting Contract Offer for Gerrit Cole
The New York Yankees are looking to make free agent front-line starter Gerrit Cole an offer he simply cannot refuse.
According to the New York Times’ Bob Klapisch, the Yankees are working on a making a record-setting seven-year, $245 million contract offer to Cole, which would set anew mark for pitchers in terms of overall value as well as average annual value.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and Mark Feinsand, while the Yankees have not officially made the offer to Cole, they are not far from doing so. Cole and his agent Scott Boras have requested interested teams to submit their initial offers.
Cole is expected to draw interest from the Los Angeles Dodges and and the Los Angeles Angels, who could throw their hat in the ring of what could be a fevered bidding war to land Cole, who is widely considered to be the cream of the free agent crop this year.
The Yankees have made it their priority to sign Cole this offseason, and appear to be taking a clear, and aggressive approach, to get that deal done as soon as possible.
Rays’ Blake Snell Rips Tommy Pham Trade During Twitch Stream
Tampa Bay Rays’ ace pitcher Blake Snell wasn’t a big fan of the Rays recent trading of Tommy Pham to the San Diego Padres for veteran outfielder Hunter Renfroe and infield prospect Xavier Edwards, and aired his thoughts during a recent stream on Twitch.
Snell, who is one of many MLB players trying to battle it out as one of the best Twitch channels, was streaming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on one of his Twitch streams when the news initially broke regarding the trade, and offered his raw, unfiltered reaction.
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Snell gripes that “We gave Pham up for Renfroe and a damn slapd–k prospect?”. While Snell went on to talk more on the trade, and even later apologized on the stream and told the the Tampa Bay Times he was just frustrated over losing Pham.
Pham was a big part of the Rays postseason run last season.
“I apologized on [Twitch] just saying I’m sorry I’m just upset we’re losing a guy like Tommy who helped our team in so many ways!” Snell said in a text to the Tampa Bay Times. “Didn’t mean any disrespect to Edwards who I didn’t know who he was until after I said that. I was just sad to lose Tommy. … Pretty much we could’ve got [Nationals rookie Juan] Soto, I was just sad to lose Tommy. It’s tough losing someone you respect so much and enjoy being around.”
“He actually reached out to me earlier today and explained that he was a good friend of Pham’s and he kind of just reacted in that moment and said what he said, but that he didn’t mean any disrespect or any hard feelings,” Edwards said. “I’ve got to take him at his word, and just looking forward to getting after it.”
Cubs Non-Tender Addison Russell
While the Chicago Cubs tendered contracts to six arbitration-eligible players for the 2020 season, there was one notable name they decided to non-tender: Addison Russell.
According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Russell, 25, will now hit free agency following five years with the Cubs, the last two proving to be rough for the infielder.
The Cubs tendered Russell for 2019 after he was suspended for 40 games near the end of the 2018 season for violating the league’s domestic abuse policies, forcing him to miss the first 28 games of the 2019 season.
Russell, a National League All-Star in 2016, was later demoted to the minors, after he struggled on the field.
“We decided to non-tender Addison Russell today simply because the role we expected him to play for the 2020 Cubs was inconsistent with how he would have been treated in the salary arbitration process,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said in a statement. “In the year since we decided to tender Addison a contract last November, he has lived up to his promise to put in the important self-improvement work necessary off the field and has shown growth, as a person, as a partner, as a parent and as a citizen. We hope and believe that Addison’s work will continue, and we have offered our continued support of him and his family, including [ex-wife] Melisa [Reidy].
“In the last year, the organization has also put in the important work necessary to bolster our domestic violence prevention training for all employees, all major league players, all minor league players and all staff. We also offered healthy relationship workshops for the players’ partners and provided intensive, expert domestic violence prevention training for player-facing staff. This heightened training and our increased community involvement on the urgent issue of domestic violence prevention will continue indefinitely. We wish Addison and his family well.”
Russel was a key factor in the Cubs winning the World Series after a 108 year drought back in 2016, with a Grand Slam in Game 6 which catapulted the Cubs back from a 3-2 deficit in the series.
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