One of the more-impressive feats of the summer in baseball ended on Sunday night — and you may not have even known it was happening.
Cleveland Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia had his 50-game hitting streak snapped. It’s a streak that began for the 20-year-old High-A Lynchburg Hillcats standout on May 25 and is apparently tied for the fourth-longest streak in MiLB history.
For the year, he’s hitting .345 with nine homers and 73 RBI in 351 at-bats.
During the streak he was named as part of the trade for Jonathan Lucroy — but that trade was nixed, keeping the Indians’ No. 4 prospect (per MLB.com) around.
On cardboard Mejia does not yet have a Bowman Chrome autograph — but he does have Bowman signatures from the last two years. His cards were found in retail runs for 2015 Bowman and 2016 Bowman, while he also appears in 2015 Panini Contenders and 2015 Elite Extra Edition. Between all those brands and their parallels, he has roughly 50 certified autographs — which is about the same number as his non-autographed cards.
Asking prices on his rarer Bowman autos are strong, and the same can be said for his elite Elite parallels, but actual sales aren’t always as steep with highs of $130 on the Bowman side and many between $30 and $60.
He’s in his third season as a minor-leaguer signed out of the Dominican Republic and has a .290 average with 24 homers and 186 RBI in 292 games. A hit streak like this one at this age will keep him on the radar of many — and it should — but how soon might he make it to the majors?
Well, only time will tell but he’ll definitely be on the radar of executives, too.
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